Oklahoma Hit-and-Run Leaves Two High Schoolers Dead and Several Injured

A red truck crashed into multiple high school students during an after school practice run, causing two of them to lose their lives in Moore, Oklahoma.

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

Hit by a Car or Truck? Contact Our Team of Pedestrian Accident Attorneys

If you or a loved one were hurt after being struck by an automobile, you may be entitled to compensation. Our team of experienced pedestrian injury lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your claim. We will help you recover the maximum amount of compensation and bring the negligent driver to justice. In addition, you won’t pay a thing unless we win your case. Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys has a track record of achieving record-breaking verdicts, settlements, and judgments for clients.

Extensive legal and financial resources allow our attorneys to put you in the best position possible to recover the damages you deserve. Contact us today for a free case review. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, and Austin, serving clients across Texas and nationwide.

Contact Us for a Free Case Review
Contact Form

Do you really want to end conversation?
chat-icon Live chat
avatar Waiting