About the Hit-and-Run Incident
During a daily practice run at Moore High School, two cross-country runners were hit and killed by 57-year-old Max Townsend in his red pickup truck. The deceased were identified as Rachel Freeman and Yuridia Martinez.
Townsend’s erratic driving also led him to hitting and injuring four other students: Joseph White, Kolby Crum, Shiloh Hutchison, and Ashton Baza. Baza was recently released from the hospital while Hutchison and White were deemed to be in fair conditions. Crum unfortunately sustained critical injuries and was still hospitalized last week.
Ironically, Max Townsend’s own son, 29-year-old Cody Townsend, was killed in a car wreck a day earlier and only a mile away from the incident at Moore High School.
Police report Townsend fled the scene through parked cars and several front lawns before coming to a halt and stepping out of his vehicle. Ultimately, he was charged with manslaughter and six counts of fleeing the scene.
Total U.S. Traffic Deaths by Year
The following information was provided by USA Today:
- 2018: 36,750
- 2017: 37,133
- 2016: 37,806
- 2015: 35,484
- 2014: 32,744
- 2013: 32,893
- 2012: 33,782
- 2011: 32,479
- 2010: 32,999
- 2009: 33,883
- 2008: 37,423
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