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Duane JohnPHILADELPHIA, MS.- Neshoba County Sheriff Tommy Waddell says Duane John, 34, has been charged with six felony counts of DUI manslaughter after a crash this weekend that killed an adult and his five children.

Authorities say John was drunk when the Dodge Durango he was driving went off the road, down an embankment, and into a rain-swollen creek shortly after midnight Saturday. Also in the SUV were five of John’s children along with three other adults. No one was wearing their seat belts.

Aside from John, only two other people survived the crash; Deanna Jim, who is the children’s mother, and Dale Chickaway. Killed were Dasyanna John, 9; Duane John, 8; Bobby John, 7; Quinton John, 4; Kekaimeas John, 18 months; and Chickaway’s wife, Dianne Lewis Chickaway, 37.

Waddel said that all of the deceased were still inside the vehicle at the time of their recovery, and that he believes they all drowned.

Duane John was charged after being released from the Neshoba County General Hospital where he’d been hospitalized for hypothermia and water inhalation. He has been placed in the county jail and is being held there on a $150,000 bond.

“The accident is still under investigation,” Waddell said. “On a case like this, just because an arrest was made and there are charges, we still have a lot of leg work we have to do before it’s turned over to the district attorney’s office. We want to look at every angle.”

The group belonged to the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and had been headed from the Choctaw Indian reservation of Pearl River to the Connehatta reservation when the crash occurred.

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If you take a look at the photos on Dianne Chickaway’s Facebook page, you’ll see that she and her friends really liked Bud Light.

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  • darsa

    Of COURSE that motherfucker had to survive. >:( NOTHING makes me angrier than idiots who get shitfaced then decide to drive around, expecially with a BUNCH OF FAMILY MEMBERS. *snarl*

  • She has a photo of her hubs Drinking, driving and no seatbelt. They give Native American’s a bad name, Heck they give the human race a bad name!!!

  • It’s such a sad story. It’s just as sad what a destroyed people American Indians are now.

  • newstarshipsmell

    Her final Facebook post in this lifetime:
    Dianne Chickaway
    Monday, December 24, 2012 at 12:24am via mobile
    Finally off fixen to go hme to my one and only… love him so much he always der for me wen I need him… love ya Hon…

    What’s that sound? Oh my, it’s the English language’s collective sigh of relief.

  • OutOfBubbleGum

    If more people drowned in car accidents than in plane crashes, why do planes have seats that can be used as a floatation devices and not my car?

    Why do convicted drunks have to blow into a Breathalyzer to start their car and not have to blow into an AirBag-A-Lyzer?

  • JGo555

    I don’t understand why be the fucking example of why stereotypes exists.

    Don’t you want something better?

    The kids. The fucking kids should’ve survived!

  • Rachel Ann

    what I find shocking…maybe I shouldn’t. is the fact no one had on a seatbelt. I was shit faced hammered on NYE and along with a DD I was wearing a seat belt. Sad that there was not a sober person to drive them home. all those precious lives lost all coz their dad was a stupid drunk.

  • come_and_see

    Because the flight manual for pilots actually includes steps on how to ditch their planes in water.

  • OutOfBubbleGum

    Did you ever wonder why the plastic evacuation plan in the seat pocket in front of you always has pictures of “stick figures” leaving a perfectly good plane?

    There’s never a plane engulfed in flames with match stick people looking like lit match sticks. Nor are pictures of a plane broken up into several pieces with dead match sticks.

  • OutOfBubbleGum

    Durango – Native American Translation – Jeep for all Indians but Cherokee.

  • come_and_see

    Sounds like somebody has a twisted mind. 😉

  • come_and_see

    In America they called it “western expansion”.

  • come_and_see

    I rather he be alive than dead so he can sit in jail until the day he dies and get to think about what he did.

  • CT

    Please translate this for me, Tarsh.

  • CT

    Disqus – why u hat me so muc? I posted and you no post my sponse to tarshy? Who dat? EDITED – my original response I referred to you as trashy, hmmm.

  • Also, I took note of a photo of Dale Chickaway on his wifes fb that shows him drinking a bud light….while behind the wheel. Staged? Maybe. But very telling as well :/ Sad, and very sadly common among a lot of drunks I know.

  • deedeemon

    from the facebook pics looks like all of ’em liked drinking while in the car..wouldnt be surprised if the kids had alcohol in their systems too..

  • Athena

    I’ve always wondered what the cultural differences are between peoples whose oppression they can never seem to struggle past and those who rise above.

  • newstarshipsmell

    Well I am kinda trashy sometimes.

  • newstarshipsmell

    Translation: I love the cock inside me.

  • newstarshipsmell

    Staged? Probably. But I don’t think it’s much of a stretch to assume that someone who would think a fake drunk driving photo is funny would also consider actual drunk driving as socially acceptable.

  • Athena

    It’s a bit of a stretch. When I was in Montucky (I believe they call it “Montana” in other parts of the country), I totally staged a driving-behind-the-wheel picture… in a 2-toned (orange and beige, creamsicle style) old Ford. Open-container fines there used to be $5, paid directly to the officer, or so rumor has it. 😛

    In this man’s situation, it’s just foreshadowing.

  • JohnQknowitall

    Horrifying for the dead and the living. There is a lot ammunition to be mean, but this is just too sad at the beginning of a new year.

  • Wolf_of_Mars

    In this case, it’s not the cultural differences of the NDN’s. It’s the perception of outsiders, and their internal sense of empowerment towards Amerinds. In other words, it seems to be racist for people of different races to make fun of stereotypes & different cultures. Except when it comes to us. There it seems to be A-OK to figuratively rip shreds of skin off of our backs.
    African-Americans no longer have the owners & overseers oppressing them. Native-Americans still have Reservations, and the latest iteration of the Fed’s BIA with it’s “jack-boot on the neck” form of control… You can’t rise up & fly on your own when there’s a heavy governmental yoke still legally mandated to be around your neck.

  • FrikkenFrak

    8 passengers and he got behind the wheel drunk. No sympathy over him loosing his kids. If it wasn’t his, he’d have killed someone else’s kids.

    . Convict him for the max.

  • FrikkenFrak

    I’m confused….what does being a drunk driver that kills your kids have to do with the decline in Native American culture? If getting behind the wheel drunk and killing someone has something to do with the demise of a group of people, then I’d say people of every race and color are basically fucked.

  • FrikkenFrak

    If you wonder about the need for those flotation cushions on the seats, watch the 1993 film “Alive”. You’d be amazed how handy those little buggers came to be.

  • Athena

    You’ve identified yourself as Native, so you’re surely more informed than myself. But I’m confused by your assertion that it is both perception and governmental oppression. Native populations are associated with (sometimes significantly) higher rates of poverty and all that tends to be associated with it (drug use, teen pregnancy, etc.). I only ask out of an interest to better understand the situation. Do you think that the establishment of reservations and the BIA have had a more negative impact on tribes than had those things never been created? In other words, if the government had never granted tribes “their own” land, instead forcing more broad-scale assimilation?

    I ask because the Natives I know don’t live on reservations and never bring up government oppression, instead blaming their (unfortunately stereotypical) shortcomings on their culture (which, I’ll grant you, is often a false but convenient excuse; “I’m an alcoholic because I’m Irish,” and whatnot).

  • puertovixan

    haha! check out the facebook page of dianne chickaway. april 18, 2011 DALE CHICKAWAY drinking a bud light behind the wheel. these people are huge winners.

  • CharredBarn

    Haha! You have a warm and winning sense of humor.

  • Andyman

    Just sad. It’s late and I pick ereything else apart. Good night friends; may we all live another day to comment on another article.

  • Andyman

    Wait! Aren’t you a dude? Ewwwww….

  • Andyman

    At our costs? Fuck that. Needle or bullet please. Tired of paying for 10-15 years of “rehabilitation” when people sold a fucking quarter bag of grass and got similar sentences. Time to make the punishment fit the crime.

  • Wolf_of_Mars

    Pure-blood Amerind populations (North of the Rio Grande) have a biological susceptibility towards alcohol because this is one of the few types of races that has never developed the mass use of spirits. Alcohol was used exclusively for ceremonies. Hence, many don’t have any biological defenses against the effects.

    There is also a major difference between assimilated & Rez. NDNs. This is another area that the uninitiated are woefully ignorant.

    The assertion of generalized poverty amongst the Rez. NDN’s is unfortunately true. This is the result of being “given” land that nobody else wanted because of the natural infertility of the “soil.” AND, when oil has been discovered on some of the Reservations, the BIA sold the “$1.00” leases to the “given” land. The US & Canadian governments have a history of breaking each & every treaty that has ever been signed. Ever hear of the Cherokee “Trail of Tears?” GIVEN, HELL!

    Most of the Amerinds I know(myself included, though not a pure-blood) don’t blame our culture, per se. We get pissed off at YOUR(meaning non-NDNs) cultural attitudes towards us. When we see a Caucasian, we don’t imitate the Queen of England; when we see a person of African descent, we don’t jump straight up-&-down like a Zulu in a ceremonial dance. So, why do a LOT of y’all seem to think it’s funny to make “war-whooping” sounds whilst patting your lips when you meet an Amerind? This has happened to me recently. BTW: calling us “Chief” is a really great way to lose your bridgework.

    I find it ironic that y’all probably know more about the ancient Egyptians(a people of a different continent, across an ocean) than you do about the indigenous people on the continent you live on. To give you an example: Did you know that the REAL blueprint for the Bill of Rights & the US Constitution come almost directly from the Haudenosaunee Nation’s(Iroquois to the ignorant) Articles of Confederacy? My tribe (Mohawk) is a part of that Nation, and we alone held a territory over the size of Texas. Until the US & Canadians stole almost all of it under treaties. And just so you know, George Washington is the Haudenosaunee equivalent of Adolph Hitler. When the Haudenosaunee Nation refused to take sides in your Revolutionary War, Geo. Washington marched on our Governmental/Religious center & razed it to the ground. Then to make sure we got the message, he almost wiped out of existence the tribe that were the caretakers of that holy ground.

    Fuck Y’all! We’re taking back our territory, one nickel at a time!

  • newstarshipsmell

    Well, let’s see…
    *sticks hand down pants*
    Yep! Still a dude.

  • Wolf_of_Mars

    Oh yes…

    Smallpox: Yet another reason why we don’t like your wonderful “gifts.” We had no biological immunity to this fun ‘lil disease when y’all did the blanket handouts…

  • everjaded

    Yikes… well he sure wasn’t there when she needed him to pull her out of that vehicle before she drowned. Although he managed to get his own sorry ass out, I see.

  • Jack2

    It is a shame right? I swear, most of the time the drunk driver survives and everyone else dies or is seriously injured. They said no one was wearing a seat belt and if the driver was not, they usually would die instantly…what the hell for real? Additionally, stupid stupid! How can you forgot your seat belt? Takes only two seconds for crying out loud. They would still be alive most definitely.