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Officer had no lights, no sirens in fatal crash

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -

Memphis police say an investigation into the crash involving a MPD officer that killed two civilians revealed that the officer did not have his lights or sirens on.

A preliminary investigation into the Aug. 26 crash at Crump Boulevard and Walnut Road reveals that MPD Officer Alex Beard, 23, was traveling in non-emergency mode east bound on Crump in a marked 2009 Dodge Charger when the crash occurred. The other vehicle, a 1996 Mercury Mystique, was traveling west bound on Crump attempting to go south bound on Walnut, according to police.

MPD says the Mercury turned in front of the officer and the vehicles crashed. After the crash, the report says, the Mercury struck a pole on the south side of Crump Boulevard.

Two people in the Mercury were killed in the crash: Mackala Epps, 13, was pronounced dead on the scene and Delores Epps, 54, was transported to the Regional Medical Center and later pronounced dead.

The driver, a 48-year-old male, was taken to the Med in critical condition. A 47-year-old male passenger was also transported to the Med in critical condition but has since been released, according to MPD.

Beard was transported to the Med in non-critical condition has also been released.

Beard has been employed by the Memphis Police Department since Oct. 2010. He is currently assigned to Union Station and has been routinely relieved of duty pending the outcome of this investigation, according to MPD.

This remains an ongoing investigation.

 

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