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1 killed, 2 adults and 3 children injured in wrong-way crash

Lubbock police are investigating a wrong-way crash that injured at least six people overnight.
Lubbock police are investigating a wrong-way crash that injured at least six people overnight.(KCBD)
Published: May. 16, 2022 at 7:00 AM CDT|Updated: May. 16, 2022 at 1:39 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - A wrong-way crash on Parkway Drive early Monday morning claimed the life of 29-year-old Jimmy Lopez and left two adults and three children injured.

Lubbock Police say officers were told about a wrong-way driver on Marsha Sharp Freeway near Upland Ave. around 12:10 a.m. Lopez was driving eastbound in the westbound lanes.

An off-duty officer saw the vehicle and activated her lights and sirens to try to get the driver’s attention. She notified dispatch at 12:14 a.m. and exited at West Loop 289 and re-entered Marsha Sharp Freeway in the eastbound lanes of traffic to try to stop the car. Lopez continued to drive eastbound.

Additional officers responded from both directions of the Marsha Sharp Freeway to help the initial officer. While responding, officers were working to position themselves to deploy measures to stop the vehicle.

Police say before officers were able to deploy those measures, at 12:21 a.m., Lopex crashed into an SUV traveling westbound. The crash happened in the 100 block of Parkway Drive, near Joyland.

Lopez was pronounced dead at the scene. He was the only person in the vehicle he was driving.

The SUV was driven by 34-year-old Valce Parks III. Parks and an 8-year-old male were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The front passenger, 31-year-old Jawanna Washington, was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. A 14-year-old female and a 7-year-old female were taken to the hospital with moderate injuries.

The investigation into this crash is ongoing.

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