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Abilene police detective killed in crash on I-20 in Clyde, 2 other detectives injured

ABILENE, Texas - A 33-year-old Abilene police detective was killed and two others injured Sunday during a crash on I-20 at Clyde.

During a news conference Sunday night, Police Chief Stan Standridge said Elise Ybarra died in the crash. Injured in the accident were detectives Chris Milliorn and Robert Collins, Standridge said.

Milliorn and Collins didn’t have life-threatening injuries, Standridge said.  Milliorn and Collins were taken to Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene.

Ybarra, Milliorn, and Collins were on their way to the Crimes Against Children Conference in Dallas when the wreck occurred about 6:15 p.m. on eastbound I-20 at mile marker 296.

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“They encountered traffic moving at a slow pace, as there had been a vehicle crash ahead,” Standridge said. “Ybarra, who was driving an unmarked detective’s vehicle, entered a line of slow-moving traffic. A short time later, an eastbound white Chevrolet pickup came upon the line of traffic that was slowed and collided with the detectives’ vehicle.”

The driver of the pickup was also listed with incapacitating injuries at Hendrick Medical Center, the Texas Department of Public Safety said in a news release.  The DPS release also said the truck failed to control its speed.

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Standridge said Ybarra began her law enforcement career with the Sedalia Police Department in Missouri. She started her career with the Abilene Police Department on June 2, 2014. After graduating from the Abilene Police Academy, she was sworn in as an Abilene Police Officer on Nov. 21, 2014, he said.

According to Standridge, she served as a patrol officer for two years and then transferred to the Special Victims’ Unit as a child abuse investigator on Dec. 14, 2016.

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She is survived by her husband of eight years, Adam Ybarra, and their 10-month-old daughter.

DPS is investigating the crash.

 


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