Driver Charged in I-40 Bridge Deaths

January 27, 2003
Posted at: 4:35 p.m. CDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A driver charged in an Interstate 40 crash that killed three people on a Mississippi River bridge appeared in a Memphis courtroom Monday.

Mark Allen Richards of Tyronza faces three counts of vehicular homicide, reckless driving and driving on a suspended driver's license. Bond was set at $350,000 Monday.

Police say Richards' car plowed into a stopped vehicle on the Hernando DeSoto Bridge on Friday.

One of the victims was a boy who was thrown over the side and landed on an island below. Killed were eight-year-old Dakota Rivero of Jasper, Texas, and 27-year-old Jason Doyeto and his 22-year-old wife Judith Doyeto both of Stillwater, Oklahoma.

A rescuer said the driver thought he heard the car making a noise and stopped to check. Police say the victims were among seven people traveling to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, to see a Marine relative off to Kuwait.

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