Tennessee man charged with Missouri crash that killed 3
KENNETT, Mo. (AP) — A Tennessee man is jailed without bond after being accused in southeastern Missouri of drunkenly causing a traffic crash that killed three people.
KFVS-TV reports 55-year-old Benny L. Johnson of Milan, Tennessee, is charged in Dunklin County with three Involuntary manslaughter counts, as well as single felony counts of driving while intoxicated as a habitual offender and of leaving an accident scene.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says that late Tuesday — Independence Day — Johnson's pickup truck when it hit a car parked along a road, sending debris into a nearby van.
The patrol says 32-year-old Tiffani Santana and 2-year-old Jack Venneman died at the scene. An occupant of the van, 10-year-old Phoenix Santana, also was killed.
Online court records don't show whether Johnson has an attorney.
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