Eastern Missouri Man Charged In Crash That Killed Child

SUNSET HILLS, Mo. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged an eastern Missouri man accused of driving at more than four times the speed limit when he crashed, killing a 10-year-old child in his car and injuring two other children.

The crash happened Sunday afternoon in Sunset Hills, police said. Investigators said Christopher Townsend, 32, of Normandy, was driving 87 mph (140 kph) in a 20 mph (32.2 kph) zone when his car hit a boulder and flipped.

The crash killed 10-year-old Kelyn Harbert, broke the femur of another child and injured a third. Police said all of the children were in the car with Townsend at the time of the crash. Police said Townsend also left the scene without giving police enough information to be able to find him.

Townsend is charged with endangering the welfare of a child resulting in death, endangering the welfare of a child resulting in serious physical injury and endangering the welfare of a child creating substantial risk. He’s also charged with leaving the scene of an accident.

He was being held in jail Thursday on a $100,000 bond.