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Saturday morning collision kills Sheriff's Office Detention Officer

By Tiffany Pelt - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Lubbock County Sheriff's Office is mourning the loss of one of its own after a deadly collision on Interstate 27 near the 50th Street exit around 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

Accident Investigators say Tommy Lamkin, 36, was driving southbound on I-27 and that Kelly Lewis,40, was driving northbound when she lost control and crossed the median. Kelly's pick-up hit Lamkin on the driver side.

Lamkin was hit so hard the bed of his truck was torn off. He died on the scene.

"He was a very good person to work with," said Chief Deputy Cody Scott with the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office. "He cared about what he was doing."

Lamkin had only been a Lubbock County detention officer for six months and was leaving his overnight shift when he was hit. He leaves behind a wife, an 18-year-old son and a 12-year-old daughter.

"Speaking with his family, he was a dedicated husband and dad and I think that's the legacy he leaves behind is one of a caring loving father husband and co-worker," said Scott.

Kelly remains at UMC in stable condition and police continue to investigate what made her lose control of her pick-up.

 A memorial fund has been set up for Lamkin under this wife's name, Tanisha Lamkin, at the First Convenience Bank.

"It's just really a shock to everyone in that family and the friends" said Scott "our love our prayers support go to his family in this time."

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