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Killeen Police Investigate a Late-Night Pedestrian Crash

Killeen, TX (August 27, 2021): Killeen Police investigates a pedestrian crash that occurred in the late evening hours.

On Thursday, August 26, 2021, at approximately 10:00 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 3500 block of East Rancier Avenue, near Long Branch Park, in reference to a crash involving a pickup truck and a pedestrian. Upon the officers’ arrival, they located a female lying in the roadway. Officers immediately started to perform life saving measures until paramedics arrived.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a white Chevy Silverado was traveling westbound in the outside lane on E. Rancier Avenue when it collided with the pedestrian that was walking westbound on E. Rancier Avenue in the roadway. The pedestrian was transported to the Carl R. Darnall Medical Center in critical condition.

The female pedestrian succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Gregory Johnson at 11:17 p.m. He ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.

The name of the pedestrian has been withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The Traffic Unit continues to investigate this crash and there is no other information at this time.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Locate Witness

Killeen, TX (August 18, 2021):  The witness has been identified and located. 

We would like to thank the community for assisting the department in this investigation.

The investigation is ongoing and at this time no other information will be released.

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Killeen Police Traffic Unit Seeks the Identity of a Witness

Killeen, TX (August 18, 2021): Investigators with the Killeen Police Department Traffic Unit seek the assistance from the community to identify a witness.

Investigators are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the person in these photos. Through the investigation, they believe that this person was on scene in the 4200 block of East Veterans Memorial Boulevard immediately after the hit and run crash that took the life of 37-year-old Yolanda Monique Butler. Investigators believe that this person may have valuable information that could help with the investigation, however, this person left before speaking with officers or being identified. This person was operating a 2019-2020 blue Buick Encore with unknown license plates. Investigators do not believe that the Buick was involved in the crash, nor should it have any relevant damage.

Investigators asking anyone who may know this person or has any information about this crash, to contact the Killeen Police Department at 254-501-8800 or the Bell County Crime Stoppers at 254-526-TIPS (8477) or go online at http://www.bellcountycrimestoppers.com. You can also download the P3Tips App for IOS or Android and give an anonymous tip. All information is confidential and anonymous.

The investigation is ongoing and at this time no other information will be released.

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NEWS RELEASE: KILLEEN POLICE INVESTIGATE A PEDESTRIAN FATALITY

Killeen, TX (August 16, 2021): Killeen Police are investigating a pedestrian fatality on Veterans Memorial Blvd.

On Sunday, August 15, 2021, at approximately 12:20 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 4200 block of East Veterans Memorial Blvd. in reference to a crash involving a vehicle and a pedestrian.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the pedestrian was walking westbound in the center turn lane when an unknown make and model vehicle traveling westbound in the inside lane struck the pedestrian. The driver of the vehicle failed to stop and render aid and continued to travel westbound.

The victim, 37-year-old Yolanda Monique Butler, succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene by Justice of the Peace Gregory Johnson at 1:03 a.m.

The department is asking anyone who may have seen anything, has any videos or any information about this crash, to contact the Bell County Crime Stoppers at 254-526-TIPS (8477) or go online at http://www.bellcountycrimestoppers.com. You can also download the P3Tips App for IOS or Android and give an anonymous tip. All information is confidential and anonymous.

The investigation is ongoing and at this time no other information will be released.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Conducts Traffic Enforcement Detail

Killeen, TX (November 9, 2020): On Thursday November 12, 2020, in conjunction with National Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week, the Killeen Police Department Patrol Division will conduct a Move Over/Slow Down traffic enforcement operation on Interstate 14 within the Killeen City limits. 

The primary objective of this operation is the education and enforcement of the Move Over/Slow Down Law to protect Public Safety workers, tow truck operators, TXDOT personnel, and other protected persons who routinely work and respond to incidents on the highways and roadways of the state.   

The Texas Transportation Code: 

Sec. 545.157.  PASSING CERTAIN VEHICLES.  (a)  This section applies only to the following vehicles: 

(1)  a stationary authorized emergency vehicle using visual signals that meet the requirements of Sections 547.305 and 547.702;

(2)  a stationary tow truck using equipment authorized by Section 547.305(d);

(3)  a Texas Department of Transportation vehicle or a highway maintenance or construction vehicle operated pursuant to a contract awarded under Subchapter A, Chapter 223, not separated from the roadway by a traffic control channelizing device and using visual signals that comply with the standards and specifications adopted under Section 547.105;

(4)  a service vehicle used by or for a utility, as defined by Section 203.091, and using visual signals that comply with the standards and specifications adopted under Section 547.105; and

(5)  a stationary vehicle used exclusively to transport municipal solid waste, as defined by Section 361.003, Health and Safety Code, or recyclable material, as defined by Section 361.421, Health and Safety Code, while being operated in connection with the removal or transportation of municipal solid waste or recyclable material from a location adjacent to the highway.

(b)  On approaching a vehicle described by Subsection (a), an operator, unless otherwise directed by a police officer, shall: 

(1)  vacate the lane closest to the vehicle when driving on a highway with two or more   lanes traveling in the direction of the vehicle; or 

(2)  slow to a speed not to exceed: 

(A)  20 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit when the posted speed limit is 25 miles per hour or more; or 

(B)  five miles per hour when the posted speed limit is less than 25 miles per hour. 

(c)  A violation of this section is: 

(1)  a misdemeanor punishable under Section 542.401

(2)  a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $500 if the violation results in property damage; or 

(3)  a Class B misdemeanor if the violation results in bodily injury. 

(d)  If conduct constituting an offense under this section also constitutes an offense under another section of this code or the Penal Code, the actor may be prosecuted under either section or under both sections. 

(e)  In this section: 

(1)  “Tow truck” means a vehicle that: 

(A)  has been issued a permit under Subchapter C, Chapter 2308, Occupations Code; and 

(B)  is operated by a person licensed under Subchapter D, Chapter 2308, Occupations Code. 

(2)  “Traffic control channelizing device” means equipment used to warn and alert drivers of conditions created by work activities in or near the traveled way, to protect workers in a temporary traffic control zone, and to guide drivers and pedestrians safely.  The term includes a traffic cone, tubular marker, vertical panel, drum, barricade, temporary raised island, concrete or cable barrier, guardrail, or channelizer. 

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 327, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 2003. 

Amended by:  

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 229 (H.B. 378), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2011. 

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 6 (S.B. 510), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2013. 

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 11 (H.B. 61), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2019.