Killeen Police investigate an early morning fatal crash on South Fort Hood Street

Officers responded to the 8400 block of South Fort Hood St. today at 4:18am, after receiving numerous 911 calls in reference to a crash. As the officers were responding, they were told one of the vehicles had caught fire and was fully engulfed with the driver still inside.  Officers arrived and found a 2008 white Chevy Malibu that was in the ditch and occupied by a female driver and a teal colored 1998 Chevy Lumina on fire in the median; because the Lumina was fully engulfed in flames, officers were unable to get to the driver. Once the fire was distinguished, it was learned that the occupant was unable to get out of the vehicle.  The driver was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin at 5:27am and ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the Chevy Lumina was traveling northbound on South Fort Hood St. in the southbound inside lane and the Chevy Malibu was traveling southbound also in the inside lane when the two vehicles collided head on in the 8400 block. The Lumina came to rest in the median east of the roadway and caught fire,  the Malibu came to rest in the ditch area west of the roadway.  The female driver of the Malibu was airlifted to Baylor Scott & White Memorial Hospital in critical condition.

The driver of the Lumina has not been identified at this time and the name of the victim at Baylor Scott & White has been withheld due to her condition.

The Killeen Police Department Traffic Unit continues to investigate this crash and information will be released as it becomes available.

Carroll Smith

Public Affairs

Killeen Police Department

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