- Associated Press - Saturday, September 19, 2015

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) - A grand jury has indicted two men in the deaths of a Franklin mother and her son, who were killed while trying to help passengers in an overturned SUV during February’s winter storms.

The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/1MxZ8gq ) that 63-year-old Gary S. Carney and 49-year-old Jack W. Norwood have been charged with reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon and failure to exercise due care resulting in the death of another.

Authorities say 34-year-old Kristi Clark stopped on Interstate 65 on Feb. 16 to help passengers of an overturned vehicle driven by Norwood, of Huntsville, Alabama. Her 10-year-old son, Carter Oakley, was with her. Police said two of the five people in that vehicle suffered critical injuries.

Police said Carney, of Memphis, Indiana, was driving the semi-truck that struck Clark and her son on the icy roadway. At the time, Franklin police said the deaths appeared to be the result of a “terribly tragic accident.”

Williamson County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Sharon Puckett wrote in an email that both men were booked into jail on Sept. 14. Carney is free on $25,000 bond and Norwood remained at the Williamson County Jail on a $25,000 bond. Both men are due back in court on Oct. 1

Franklin Police Chief Deborah Faulkner called the mother and son, “heroes.” They were among the first fatalities in a series of winter storms that sent Tennessee into a state of emergency. Emergency officials said there were 34 weather-related deaths this past winter.

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Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

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