More details have been released about a crash Wednesday in Lubbock that resulted in the death of a 20-year-old Abilene woman.
Morgan Lee, a 2013 graduate of Wylie High School, died after the small car she was driving was involved in an accident with a large Lubbock Police Department vehicle.
A memorial service for Lee will be held at Beltway Park Baptist Church at 2 p.m. Monday.
Initially, a witness erroneously indicated one of the two drivers – Lee or the Lubbock officer – had driven through a red light before the collision, a Lubbock Police Department news release said.
“Such was not the case,” the release continued.
Instead, Lee and the Lubbock officer were traveling in opposite directions in their vehicles on Clovis Highway – with “a solid green for both directions” – when Lee turned left and pulled in front of the police officer, the release said, citing witnesses and “available evidence.”
The police officer was responding to a non-emergency report of a suspicious person. It is not known if he was traveling above the speed limit at the time.
According to the release, the Lubbock Police Department administration “felt it was important and responsible to discuss the details of the information discussed in this release with Ms. Lee’s family prior to providing it to media representatives.”
“Going forward, we plan to keep Ms. Lee’s family apprised of any further relevant details before releasing them publicly, so appropriate delays of information are possible,” the release said.
Meanwhile, the release said the investigation into the accident is continuing – and the case ultimately will be presented to the Lubbock grand jury for “independent review because it resulted in a fatality.”