8 killed in two separate accidents in Miss. and NC

Weekend auto accidents have claimed the lives of five children and an adult in Mississippi and a woman and her mother in North Carolina.

Car accidents in two states have claimed eight lives.

Five children and one adult died after a sport utility vehicle plunged into a rain-swollen creek in eastern Mississippi.

Neshoba County Sheriff Tommy Waddell says the victims appear to have drowned after a Dodge Durango went off a county road 20 miles southeast of Philadelphia just after midnight Saturday.

Five siblings died. They have been identified as 9-year-old Dasyanna John, 8-year-old Duane John, 7-year-old Bobby John, 4-year-old Quinton John, and 18-month-old Kekaimeas John. Family friend Diane Chickaway also died. The sheriff says all were members of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

The father of the children, Dewayne John, escaped and remains hospitalized. Their mother, Deanna Jim, and Chickaway's husband, Dale Chickaway, also survived.

Waddell says it took several hours for divers to find the submerged vehicle and pull it from the water.

A North Carolina man whom authorities say caused an alcohol-related wreck that killed a mother of two and her mother outside Charlotte has now been charged with involuntary manslaughter and felony death by vehicle.

Police say 28-year-old Justin Jones was arrested Saturday afternoon on the new charges after he was released from the hospital.

Jones was charged with driving while intoxicated after a wreck in Matthews, a Charlotte suburb, on Wednesday night. Authorities say he was driving an SUV and hit a Honda CRV, killing 62-year-old Marie Crook and her daughter, 37-year-old Jennifer Hunt.

Hunt's two children were treated for minor injuries at an area hospital.

It wasn't known if Jones had an attorney. He is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 1.

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