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Third member of Oklahoma cross country team dies following car crash

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Posted at 1:28 PM, Feb 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-17 13:31:32-05

A third member of an Oklahoma high school cross country has died after a car crashed into the team as they ran earlier this month.

According to a Facebook post from Moore Public Schools, 18-year-old Kolby Crum died Saturday.

Crum and five others were hit by a pickup truck as they ran on the sidewalk near Moore High School on the morning of Feb. 3. Rachel Freeman, a senior at the school, died at the scene. Yuridia Martinez, a sophomore, died the next day at the hospital.

Three other members of the team were injured in the inicdent, all of whom have been released from the hospital.

NBC News reports that Townsend was driving 80 mph in 25 mph zone, and crossed two lanes of traffic onto the sidewalk at the time of the crash.

The driver of the car, 57-year-old Max Townsend, was arrested about three blocks away shortly after the accident. As of last week, police had charged Towsend with two counts of manslaughter and "several" counts of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident, according to NBC News.

According to CNN, the day before the accident, Townsend's 29-year-old son Max Townsend, Jr. was killed in a separate car crash. Townsend Jr. was killed when he struck another vehicle, hit a telephone pole and flipped.