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Minor injuries reported at two wrecks following pursuit, LPD and Texas Anti-Gang Center investigating

Updated: Mar. 17, 2021 at 4:36 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - The Lubbock Police Department Major Crash Unit placed road closures at two intersections Tuesday to respond to crashes following a pursuit.

Lubbock Police and the Texas Anti-Gang Center are now investigating after a pursuit involving 26-year-old Kaylon Kinney. In a new release from LPD, officials say they attempted to stop Kinney near Parkway Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, when he evaded the officer and LPD initiated a pursuit.

According to LPD, Kinney was involved in one crash at South Loop 289 and University Avenue, involving three cars. Kinney, driving a Chevrolet Lumina, struck a Ford Taurus when he ran the light, then fled south on University Avenue. Two people suffered minor injuries in the crash.

The other crash happened at 98th Street and Indiana Avenue. Kinney driving the Lumina attempted to evade Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Texas Anti-Gang Center investigators moving westbound on 98th Street. Kinney struck a Chevrolet Silverado and a Toyota Yaris. Two people received minor injuries.

Kinney was taken into custody, arrested and transported to University Medical Center by LPD for minor injuries.

On Wednesday, Lubbock Police issued the following statement, indicating the crashes were related to pursuits:

(LUBBOCK, TX) – The Lubbock Police Department Major Crash Investigation Unit is investigating two crashes following a pursuit that occurred shortly before 4:30 p.m. March 16.

An LPD officer attempted to perform a lawful traffic stop on a Chevrolet Lumina, driven by 26-year-old Kaylon Kinney, near Parkway Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The Lumina evaded the officer, leading to a pursuit that approached S. Loop 289 and University Avenue. The officers canceled the pursuit for public safety concerns as they approached the intersection.

The Lumina continued to travel in the westbound access road of the 2400 block of S. Loop 289. A Ford F-150, driven by 43-year-old Nicholas Espedal, and a Ford Taurus, driven by 60-year-old Lucille Whitefield, were traveling southbound in the 7100 block of University Avenue, when the Lumina disregarded a red signal light and struck the Taurus, which caused the Taurus to strike the F-150. The driver of the Lumina failed to render aid, fleeing southbound on University Avenue. Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Texas Anti-Gang Center investigators reinitiated the pursuit following the crash.

Whitefield was transported to University Medical Center by EMS for minor injuries. Espedel also had minor injuries from the crash, but was not transported for his injuries.

Following the first crash, the Lumina was located in the area by Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Texas Anti-Gang Center investigators. The Lumina began evading a second time, and was traveling westbound in the 3300 block of 98th Street. A Chevrolet Silverado, driven by 59-year-old Dwain Mitchell, and a Toyota Yaris, driven by 27-year-old Jaime Thompson, were traveling northbound in the 9800 block of Indiana Avenue, when the driver of the Lumina disregarded a second red signal light and struck the Silverado, which then struck the Yaris. The crash between the Silverado and the Yaris caused the Yaris to spin toward the northeast, striking the Lumina.

Kinney was taken into custody, arrested and transported to University Medical Center by LPD for minor injuries.

Mitchell was not injured. Thompson had minor injuries, but was not transported by EMS.

This investigation into this crash is ongoing.

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