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UPDATE: Columbus father charged with vehicular homicide, DUI in death of 2 children

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HARRIS COUNTY, GA (WTVM) – Two children were killed in a car accident on State Route 315 in Harris County on Monday, and their father is being charged in the accident.

According to the Georgia State Patrol LaGrange Post Secretary Hixson, Georgia State Patrol was called to the scene of an accident around 12:46 a.m. on Monday at the intersection of Hamilton-Mulberry Grove Road and SR 315.

The victims have been identified as 7-year-old John Farrell and 8-year-old Richard Farrell, both of Columbus, according to Harris County Coroner Joe Weldon.

Valerie Fuller, Director of Communications for the Muscogee County School District, confirmed John was a second grader and Richard was a third grader at Reese Road Elementary School.

A 4-year-old child was also injured in the accident. The car involved was driven by the children’s father, Christopher Farrell, 32, of Columbus, and another man, Christopher McDonald, 26, of Columbus, was also a passenger in the vehicle. The child and the two men were treated for injuries at Midtown Medical Center. 

According to the Georgia Department of Public Safety public information office, the 2014 Nissan Rogue driven by Christopher Farrell was traveling south on Hamilton Mulberry Grove Road. Farrell drove through a stop sign and continued to travel south across both lanes of SR 315. The car then struck a tree and overturned. 

Farrell has been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, DUI, failure to stop at a stop sign, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, too fast for conditions, tire requirements, marijuana possession less than one ounce, three counts of endangering a child under 14 years our while DUI, and driver to excess due care. 

The accident is still under investigation. The bodies of the children will be sent to the GBI lab in Atlanta for the autopsy. 

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