LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - An overnight accident claims the life of an on duty Lubbock County sheriff's deputy. The horrific collision happened just after midnight at MLK and 88th.
The Lubbock County sheriff's office is mourning the loss of one of their own. Corporal D. Robert Harvey was out on patrol early Sunday morning in Lubbock County when he was dispatched to a fight. "We had a major accident involving a Lubbock County sheriff's deputy and another vehicle at 12:20 a.m.," said Cpl John Gonzalez with the Texas Department of Public Safety. The accident took Deputy Harvey's life. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:23 a.m.
DPS says that Deputy Harvey was traveling north on MLK and as he approached the intersection of 88th and MLK, a 2003 Ford pick-up truck, heading south, attempted to make a left turn and collided with Deputy Harvey's vehicle. The head on collision caused Harvey's Dodge Charger to burst into flames, trapping him inside.
The Lubbock County sheriff's office says the 29-year-old dedicated seven and a half stellar years to the sheriff's office as a member of the SWAT team and the patrol division. The driver of the Ford truck was 25-year-old Justin Dwight McKinney and he is listed in satisfactory condition at University Medical Center. AeroCare took his passenger 24-year-old Justin Wade Walkup to UMC where he's listed in critical condition.
DPS is still investigating this deadly crash. It's still unknown if alcohol was involved.
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