The black box in former Memphis Police officer Alex Beard's squad car reveals he was traveling at over 90 miles per hour just seconds before a crash that killed two people. Beard was dismissed in February for the deadly crash that happened last August.
FOX13 News is now getting a look at the evidence that led to his firing. According to the report, Beard was traveling east down Crump. The civilian car was going west, and pulled out in front of the officer attempting to make a left turn onto Walnut.
According to the data box on board the police cruiser, beard was traveling at 94 miles per hour five seconds before the accident. He applied the brakes and was going 64 miles per hour at impact. The speed limit on Crump is 40 miles per hour.
Two people were killed in the other car, 13-year-old Mackala Ross and 54-year-old Delores Epps, who were in town from Senatobia for a family birthday party. Two others in the car were injured. The officer received minor injuries.
In an affidavit, Beard says he was responding to a call over the radio that he felt was an emergency. He had is blue lights and sirens on.
He says when he heard on the radio that other officers had already made the scene, he turned off the emergency equipment and slowed down. But, he was still recorded at 94 miles per hour just 5 seconds before the crash.
According to the crash report: "The evidence shows that at the time of the crash, Officer Beard was not responding to an emergency call, he was not making use of his audible and visual signals."
The District Attorney declined to file criminal charges immediately, but says the case is still under review. Charges could be coming.
"We don't make that immediate decision to charge somebody, go out and put handcuffs on them and drag them down to 201 Poplar, but that doesn't mean later on we may not make a decision to charge later on or we may stick to that initial decision," says DA Amy Weirich. "We don't change the way we look at a case just because it's an officer involved."
She says there's no timeline of when the decision could be made.
The father of the girl killed in the accident, who was also in the car, is suing the city of Memphis. The family says they have more than $1 million in medical bills.
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