May I-30 crash that left two boys dead now carries manslaughter charges, SSPD says


A crash on Interstate 30 in May led to the death of two young boys and has now brought manslaughter charges, according to Sulphur Springs police.

At approximately 5 a.m. on the morning of May 24, officers responded to a major crash in the eastbound lane of Interstate 30 at the 124 mile marker. The crash involved a midsize SUV and a tractor trailer, police said.

The crash claimed the life of two young boys, 7-year-old Joshua Zmontreal Kent and 9-year-old Jeremiah Irvin Kent Jr.

The mother of the boys survived the crash, as did the driver and front seat passenger, SSPD stated. 

The mother of the boys was transported to Christus Mother Frances Hopkins County emergency room and later transferred to Baylor hospital in Plano for her injuries, police said.

The driver and front passenger were uninjured. The driver of the tractor trailer was also uninjured.

As a result of the subsequent investigation into the crash, charges were filed and warrants issued for two counts of manslaughter against the driver of the midsize SUV, Lidavin ZMonteal Truitt.

The warrants for arrest are currently outstanding, SSPD stated.