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Man Indicted in Six DUI Deaths

By The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. — The driver of a SUV that careened off a road and into a rain-swollen creek in December has been indicted on six counts of DUI manslaughter.

The Neshoba Democrat reports that a Neshoba County grand jury issued the indictment earlier this month for Duane John Sr. No court date has been set.

John was indicted in the deaths of his children: Dasyanna John, 9; Duane John, 8; Bobby John, 7; Quinton John, 4; and Kekaimeas John, 18 months. Diane Chickaway, 37, also died in the crash.

The accident occurred near the Neshoba-Newton County line.

John, the driver of the vehicle, and two other adults escaped serious injury in the incident, which occurred shortly after midnight on Dec. 29.

The victims were members of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.