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Amber Alert

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

3:25 p.m. Arizona man charged with negligent homicide in wake Joplin family’s deaths

An Arizona man has been charged with four counts of negligent homicide after he allegedly caused a vehicle accident that killed a Joplin family in Oklahoma on Sunday.

James C. Buchholz, 53, of Mesa, Arizona, was arrested and charged today, said Sgt. Brent Crittenden of the Pryor (Okla.) Police Department. Buchholz was driving a tractor trailer that rear-ended a vehicle containing Robert Hayes, 52, his wife, Melissa, 41, and sons Tyler, 15, and Colby, 14, of Joplin, on Sunday afternoon.

Witnesses reported that the Hayes’ vehicle stopped at about 1:15 p.m. for a traffic light at U.S. Highway 69 and Southeast 49th Street when Buchholz’s truck failed to stop and slammed into the back of the vehicle.