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Townsend

MOORE — An intoxicated pickup driver accelerated to nearly 80 mph before striking a group of student runners outside Moore High School, according to a police investigation.

Max Leroy Townsend was charged Friday with two counts of first-degree manslaughter in the deaths of senior Rachel Freeman, 17, and sophomore Yuridia Martinez, 16. He could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted.

Townsend, 57, of Tuttle was driving 78 mph when he struck seven student athletes on a sidewalk Feb. 3, police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis told The Oklahoman on Tuesday. The posted speed limit is 25 mph.

Townsend is accused of drunken driving. Police are waiting on the results of a toxicology test, Lewis said.

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