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One Killed, Five Hurt When Vehicle Hits Oklahoma Students

Truck struck a cross-country team

Emergency crews respond to a scene where a vehicle hit several Moore High School students, killing at least one, in Moore, Okla., Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. At least one girl was killed and several other people were injured, three critically, when a motorist slammed his vehicle into the high school cross-country team as they ran along a street outside their suburban Oklahoma City school Monday, officials said. (Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman via AP)

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — A girl was killed and five other people were injured, three critically, when a motorist mourning the Sunday traffic death of his 29-year-old son slammed his vehicle into a high school cross-country team as they ran along a street outside their suburban Oklahoma City school Monday, officials said.

The incident happened shortly after classes were dismissed at 3 p.m. Monday at Moore High School and the group of students was training along heavily traveled North Eastern Avenue outside the school, said police spokesman Jeremy Lewis.

School officials identified the student killed as Moore High School senior Rachel Freeman.

Max Leroy Townsend, 56, has been booked into the Cleveland County jail charged with first-degree manslaughter and six counts of failure to stop and render aid.

A pickup truck driven by Townsend struck a vehicle before running over the students, then struck two more cars as he drove away, Lewis said. A witness pursued the man for three blocks before stopping him, and police took him into custody. Police suspect alcohol was a factor in the incident, he said. Toxicology tests were pending.

Lewis said Townsend’s son, Cody Townsend, was killed Sunday in a multi-vehicle crash in Moore.

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