Levelland Police identify pedestrian killed in Wednesday crash

Published: Aug. 25, 2021 at 12:32 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 26, 2021 at 5:10 PM CDT
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LEVELLAND, Texas (KCBD) - Levelland Police are investigating a crash on Pine Street near College Ave. It happened in the parking lot of Energy Fitness, which is behind a gas station just off College Ave.

According to police, around 11:40 a.m., 54-year-old Jack Melton, of Hockley County, was headed southbound on College approaching Pine St. He veered across oncoming traffic into the parking lot of S&D Oil Change. He drove over the curb into the Energy Fitness parking lot and struck 21-year-old Gabriela Ortiz, of Levelland, as she was walking into the gym.

Police say the truck kept moving and crashed into two other vehicles in the parking lot.

EMS took Ortiz to University Medical Center in Lubbock where she later died.

Melton was taken to Covenant Health Levelland. Officials say he was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash.

Levelland Police are investigating the crash.

A GoFundMe has been set up for funeral expenses for Gabriela Ortiz. To donate to the fund, click here.

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