LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -
Friends are remembering Morgan Lee, 20 as loving girl who was the life of the party. Lee died Wednesday night, following an afternoon crash involving a Lubbock Police Officer.
Investigators say one of the drivers ran a red light at North Loop 289 and Clovis Highway. Police have not released which driver ran that light.
Lee grew up in Abilene and graduated from Wylie High School. She was set to start at Texas Tech this fall.
KTXS in Abilene spoke with Lee's friends Thursday.
"We went right to Lubbock, and we thought there was still hope, and we thought she could pull through. But, just the whole way there driving and not knowing was the worst feeling in the world," Hatti Puckett said.
"I didn't even really worry about it because it's Morgan; I was like, she's going to be fine, but whenever I found out it was just heart breaking," Jourdan Webb said.
"I only got to see her once this summer, but I'm glad I got to see her," Hannah McCain said. "She just knew so many people, and everybody she knew loved her," McCain added.
Funeral arrangements for Lee are pending. They are being handled by Hamil Family Funeral Home in Abilene.
The police officer involved in the wreck, officer Cody Kidd, is out of the hospital. Doctors released him from UMC Wednesday with minor injuries. Kidd is currently on injury leave from the department.
Assistant Chief Greg Stevens says Kidd was on his way to a non-emergency report of a suspicious person and vehicle when the crash happened.
In a statement released Thursday evening, Stevens says the case will eventually be presented to a grand jury for review. He says the department's accident review board will also issue a report which is standard procedure.
We will continue to follow this investigation, and bring you updates as new details are released.
FULL STATEMENT ISSUED BY LPD:
Yesterday afternoon, 20 year old Morgan Lee from Abilene was involved in a tragic, and ultimately fatal, traffic accident with a Lubbock Police Department patrol vehicle driven by Police Officer Cody Kidd.
Officer Kidd was on his way to a non-emergency report of a suspicious person and vehicle when the collision occurred at the North Loop 289 west bound access road and the Clovis Highway.
The Lubbock Police Department's Accident Investigation Section is continuing their investigation into this accident, and more details will be released as they become available.
As in all fatal accidents occurring in Lubbock, this matter will eventually be presented to a Grand Jury for independent review. Additionally, all motor vehicle accidents involving LPD employees operating LPD vehicles, regardless of injuries, are reviewed by the department's Accident Review Board.
That Board is comprised of LPD commanders, who make recommendations regarding accident responsibility, as well as appropriate repercussions, to the involved employee's Assistant Police Chief.
Officer Kidd was treated and released from UMC yesterday with minor injuries and is currently on Injury Leave status.