Two people killed by MPD officer on leave in high-speed crash
An MPD officer on leave reportedly did a drag race in Walnut Grove before crashing into the victims.
MEMPHIS, Tennessee –
While the Memphis Police Department said it had increased its patrols in areas known to be speeding, the family of Wallace Morris and Travis Parham Jr. said that was not enough.
Morris and Parham Jr. were killed Friday night by an MPD officer on leave who allegedly did a drag race in Walnut Grove. They were both hit hard when the policeman hit them, splitting their car in two. Travis Parham Sr., Parham Jr.’s father and Morris’s cousin, has said the drag racing and speeding that is happening across town must stop.
“It’s too many innocent young people dying for no reason,” said Parham Sr.
Parham Sr. couldn’t hold back tears as he spoke of his son’s tragic death.
“I wake up and can’t see my baby at home,” Parham Sr. said.
Parham Jr.’s injuries were so severe that the family could only identify him by recognizing his hand.
A witness who lives near where the crash happened said he had seen the officer’s black Dodge Charger racing in Walnut Grove several times before.
“They were going at least 100 miles an hour,” the witness said.
Now family members are asking for justice. Thomas Rhodes, Parham Jr.’s uncle, said no one should be accelerating at a lethal rate.
“Is this tragedy here going to stop everyone from driving like this and doing this or is it going to continue,” said Rhodes.
They also want MPD to account, which, three days after the crash, has still not released the officer’s name. The officer was removed from his post.
“You should all go out and do something,” Parham Sr. said. “Put them here in this area where you all know you’ve got high speed chases, where you all have cars going over the speed limit. . ”
Parham Sr. said he would do anything to get his son back.
“He was the sweet teenager who should have been living his life right now, but instead he’s not,” said Parham Sr.