An 18-year-old woman is facing charges for a traffic crash in southwest Iowa that killed two children. Karli Jo Brown of Essex was arrested Tuesday and charged with two counts of vehicular homicide and one count of serious injury by motor vehicle.
The crash happened on November 28 of last year on Highway 48 south of Red Oak. Brown’s vehicle collided head-on with a car driven by Nina McNeese of Cumberland. McNeese was injured while her two children, four-year-old Alex Todd and five-year-old Maliki Todd, were killed in the crash.
An investigation by the Iowa State Patrol determined Brown was passing two other vehicles in a no-passing zone and may’ve been texting on her cell phone. Brown was released from jail on $10,000 bond.