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Nancy Cripe and Mary Jo Dimitt Killed By Drunk Driver

Steve Wagner

Two elderly women were killed in Howard County, IN last week after a tragic car accident involving an allegedly drunk driver.

According to reports, 21-year-old Deryn Johnson fled from police when they attempted to pull him over. The ensuing crash happened after a high-speed pursuit that reached over 100 mph. Howard County Sheriff’s Deputies, the Sharpsville Town Marshall and Kokomo Police were pursuing Johnson when he lost control of his vehicle around East 300 South and 350 East, just east of Kokomo. His vehicle reportedly went through the center of town, hit a house, spun around, ran through a stop sign, and struck another vehicle.

Inside the other vehicle were 73-year-old Nancy Cripe and 82-year-old Mary Jo Dimitt, sisters who were said to be well known and beloved in their community. Johnson’s car pinned their car into the front porch of a house, killing both sisters.

Jackie Hood, the owner of the house where the cars were pinned said her house moved and the noise was terribly loud. Ms. Hood stated that there were pieces of car scattered all over her front porch, along with the considerable damage done to her home.

Johnson is facing charges of resisting law enforcement resulting in death, and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated resulting in death. We don’t know yet whether the passenger in his vehicle will face any charges.

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