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Sarah and John Wheat died when police say John Howard Strickland, Jr. crossed the median and hit their car in late October 2012. Sarah and John Wheat died when police say John Howard Strickland, Jr. crossed the median and hit their car in late October 2012.
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OXFORD, MS -

(WMC-TV) - A mother wants justice in the death of her two children, who were killed in an accident in Oxford last year.

Frances Wheat filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the man suspected of driving drunk, causing the crash that killed her kids. The lawsuit also names the man's parents.

Sarah and John Wheat died when police say John Howard Strickland, Jr. crossed the median and hit their car in late October 2012. Toxicology results showed alcohol and other illegal substances in his system.

Strickland is charged with two counts of aggravated DUI.

In the wrongful death lawsuit, Strickland's parents are also named as defendants because documents allege they entrusted their son with a vehicle knowing he had a previous DUI conviction from January 2012.

The Strickland's law firm in Jackson, Mississippi did not return Action News 5's phone calls on Friday, but in the response to the lawsuit, they denied the claims.

Strickland was recently indicted, but the case has not yet gone to trial.

Attorneys for both sides are expected to meet with a federal magistrate judge in July in federal court in Aberdeen.

John and Sarah were lacrosse players at Ole Miss. They are both buried in Lafayette County.

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