CHOCTAW, Miss.--Six counts of DUI manslaughter were filed against 34-year-old Duane John of the Pearl River community Monday. John was arrested as he was discharged from Neshoba General Hospital. He had been there since early Saturday when the SUV he was driving left the road and plunged into a swolen creek about 20 miles to the southeast of Philadelphia.
That SUV was fully submerged when rescue crews arrived. There were nine people inside; six of them died, including five of John's seven children and a family friend.
The Neshoba Democrat reported that John was in the county jail as of Monday afternoon on a $150,000 bond. Charges were filed, though toxicology reports were still pending. A Mississippi Highway Patrol accident reconstruction crew was on hand Sunday to help trace down the cause of the incident.
Meanwhile a wake for the children was planned for Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Choctaw Tribal Facility in Choctaw, which is the center of administration for the Miss. Band of Choctaw Indians. All who died were members of the tribe. Several of the children attended a tribal school in the Pearl River community.
The dead were listed as 9-year-old Daisyanna John; 8-year-old Duane John; 7-year-old Bobby John; 4-year-old Quinton John; and 18-month-old Kekambas John. Family friend, 37-year-old Diane Chickaway, was also killed. Survivng the wreck were Chickaway's husband, the father, Duane John and the childrens' mother.
Funerals are set for Wednesday at 2 p.m. for the children. The funeral for Chickaway is Thursday at Hopewell Baptist Church in Leake County.