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Student Charged in Deadly Car Accident

Ole Miss student John Howard Strckland has been arrested and charged in the car accident that claimed the lives of Ole Miss students Sarah and John Wheats in October.

Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin confirmed that University of Mississippi student John Howard Strickland has been arrested and charged with DUI in the car accident that killed Ole Miss students John and Sarah Wheats in October.

“John Strickland has been charged with two counts of aggravated DUI (does not mean DUI alcohol, includes all toxicants),” Martin said.

Strickland, a junior business major from San Antonio, collided into the Wheats’ vehicle on the 18th Street overpass on Highway 6 on Oct. 27.

Sarah Wheats, 24, was pronounced dead at the scene and her brother John Wheats, 30, died after being air-lifted to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis.

Strickland was treated for minor injuries.

After the accident, a warrant for a blood toxicology test on Strickland was requested by Oxford police.

Martin is unable to give exact results of the test due to the accident being a criminal case.

Strickland responded to his arrest warrant this past Wednesday and bond was set at $35,000.

“Aggravated DUI carries up to 25 years in prison for each offense,” Martin said.

Strickland faces the possibility of 50 years in prison.