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Driver charged after two teens killed in crash near Kokomo

Three other teens were seriously injured
Posted: 2:35 PM, Nov 18, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-18 21:00:11-05
Driver charged in crash that killed 2 teens
Driver charged in crash that killed 2 teens

KOKOMO — A 26-year-old Logansport man is facing multiple charges following an early morning crash near Kokomo that killed two teens and injured three others.

According to a report from the Howard County Sheriff's Department, the crash happened shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday on U.S. 35 at County Road 80 West, north of Kokomo.

Deputies said a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix, driven by Treundon Johnson, 26, of Logansport, was traveling east on U.S. 35 when the vehicle crossed the center line and struck a 2011 Kia Soul driven by Elizabeth Smith, 18, of Logansport.

Smith was taken to Community Howard Regional Health and then to Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis. There were also four juveniles in Smith's car. Auden Wayne Myers, 16, and Haley Marie Begley, 17, both of Logansport, were taken to St. Vincent Hospital in Kokomo, where they later died from their injuries, deputies said.

Two other teens in Smith's car were also transported, deputies said. A 17-year-old boy was taken to Community Howard Regional Health and then to Eskenazi Hospital. A 16-year-old girl was transported to St. Vincent Hospital in Kokomo and then to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Johnson was taken to Community Howard Regional Health with minor injuries. Deputies said he was later arrested and taken to the Howard County Jail where he is being held on suspicion of operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death, suspicion of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury, suspicion of reckless homicide, suspicion of driving while suspended causing death and suspicion of driving while suspended causing bodily injury.

Johnson has prior convictions for operating a vehicle while intoxicated and driving while suspended, according to court records.

The crash remains under investigation by the Howard County Sheriff's Department.

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