/2nd teen cross-country runner dies, 4 injured after driver plows into team – NBC News

2nd teen cross-country runner dies, 4 injured after driver plows into team – NBC News

A second high school student has died after a driver in Oklahoma plowed into a cross- country team on a practice run Monday. Four others were injured, with three of them still hospitalized.

Max Townsend was charged with manslaughter in the first degree and six counts of leaving the scene of an injury accident after he hit the students in Moore, a city just south of Oklahoma City, police said.

Max Leroy Townsend

The deadly collision came a day after Townsend’s son, Cody, died in car crash on Sunday, NBC affiliate KFOR in Oklahoma City reported.

In Monday’s incident, one student, Rachel Freeman, a senior, died at the scene. A second student died at the hospital, authorities said Tuesday.

Four other cross-country runners were also hit and taken to a hospital. Three remained hospitalized on Tuesday.

The school district’s superintendent, Robert Romines, said in a statement posted to Facebook on Monday, “Our hearts are heavy in Moore Public Schools as we process this tragedy that is unbearable to comprehend.”

“This evening and as we move forward through this unthinkable tragedy — please keep our students, staff, and families in your thoughts and prayers,” the superintendent said.