UPDATE (Aug. 26, 2021)– Treundon Johnson pleaded guilty to two counts of driving while suspended causing death, three counts of driving while suspended causing injury, two counts of causing death while operating a motor vehicle with a schedule I or II drug and three counts of causing a serious injury while operating a vehicle with a schedule I or II drug.
He’ll serve six years with 1,011 days of jail credit.
KOKOMO, Ind. – Police in Kokomo say two teens are dead after a driver crossed the center line while intoxicated.
Just before 2 a.m. on Sunday, police and medics responded to a crash near US 35 near 80 W.
When they arrived, they saw a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix, driven by 26-year-old Treundon Johnson, of Logansport, and a 2011 Kia Soul, driven by Elizabeth Smith, 18, of Logansport.
Police believe Johnson was traveling eastbound on US 35 and crossed the center line, hitting the Kia Soul.
There were four teens inside Smith’s car. Two died from their injuries at the hospital. They have been identified as 16-year-old Auden Myers, of Logansport, and 17-year-old Haley Begley, also of Logansport.
A 17-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl were transported to the hospital with injuries. The boy is at Eskenazi and the girl is at Methodist. Their conditions are unknown at this time.
Smith was also transported to Eskenazi hospital. She is listed in good condition.
Johnson was transported to Howard Regional Health with minor injuries. He was later transported to Howard County Jail after police say they believe he was intoxicated at the time of the crash.
He has been charged with two counts of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing death, three counts of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury, two counts of reckless homicide, two counts of driving while suspended causing death and three counts of driving while suspended causing bodily injury.
This case is still under investigation by the Howard County Sheriff Department and the Howard County Coroner’s Office.
The car crash has impacted the entire Cass County community. Four out of the five teens in the car went to Logansport High School.
Begley went to Lewis Cass High School. Friends said she was on the cross country team and was full of life.
“It’s going to be hard definitely because Haley was such a good listener and wherever we were together she always knew how to make things fun. When there were hard practices she would goof around and make things easier or just in general every time you were with her you had fun,” Haley’s friend Kara Riley said.
She had plans to join the Air Force.
Two of the teens recovering in the hospital are on Logansport’s cross country team. Their coach said everyone is coming together to lean on one another.
“It’s been a tough day, lots of tears, and shock. You know they are like your daughters. When you get to spend six months with them almost every day and it’s just hard,” Logansport High School cross country girl’s coach Brian Morrill said.