Third runner dies after being hit by a truck with track teammates

A high school senior from Moore, Okla., died Saturday of injuries sustained when the driver of a pickup truck crashed into a group of cross-country athletes, killing three and injuring three others. Photo via Prayers for Kolby/Facebook

Feb. 16 (UPI) — A third member of an Oklahoma track and cross country team has died after being struck by a truck that hit several of his teammates earlier in February.

Family and friends announced via Facebook on Saturday that Kolby Crum, a senior at Moore High School in Moore, Okla., had died as a result of injuries sustained when a pickup truck crashed into six members of the team Feb. 3.

Moore High School senior Rachel Freeman died at the scene, and sophomore Yuridia Martinez died Feb. 4.

Three other students — Shiloh Hutchinson, Ashton Baza and Joseph White — are recovering from their injuries.

Baza was released from the hospital Feb. 3, and Hutchinson and White were released Feb. 6. All sustained multiple injuries.

The driver involved, 57-year-old Max Townsend, is charged with 13 counts related to the collision, including first-degree manslaughter and driving under the influence.

Officials said Townsend’s son, Cody, died in an unrelated car crash the day before the incident.


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