- Associated Press - Thursday, August 6, 2015

KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) - Prosecutors have filed reckless homicide charges against a driver who authorities say was fleeing police when he caused a central Indiana crash that killed two women.

Howard County prosecutors say 21-year-old Deryn Johnson of Peru admitted smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol before Monday night’s crash.

The Kokomo Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1IJVbh7 ) that authorities say the chase started when an officer spotted Johnson driving a pickup truck 100 mph on U.S. 31.

The chase continued until police say the truck ran a stop sign on a county road, hitting a car with the women inside. The crash killed 73-year-old Nancy Cripe and 82-year-old Mary Dimitt, both of Kokomo. Johnson wasn’t injured.

It wasn’t clear whether Johnson had a defense attorney. His initial court hearing was scheduled for Friday.

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Information from: Kokomo Tribune, https://www.ktonline.com


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