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Woman killed in crash as police investigate car theft

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — One woman was killed and two others injured in a crash following a reported car theft Tuesday.

It all began when officers responded to a car theft yesterday evening on Tennessee Street downtown. The victim in that case, 24 -year-old Rebekah Sunday, told police an armed man took car keys, personal property and a Ford Escape.

She had just gotten out of the car to go into her friend's apartment when her car was taken.

"He said give me everything you have," Sunday said.

Authorities later received information that the stolen car may be in the 100 block of Goodloe Avenue.

While patrolling that area, officers said they witnessed a Lexus traveling at a high rate of speed on South Parkway East. The vehicle eventually crashed into a Kia at South Third Street and South Parkway East.

The driver of the Kia, 20-year-old Ashlyn Whitmore, died from her injuries, police said. Two men inside the Lexus were taken to the hospital but are expected to be okay. Investigators believe the men are connected to the car theft on Tennessee Street.

"She was so young and I know that I could have gotten killed too that night," Sunday says.

Terrance Rogers has been charged with theft of property and aggravated robbery. The other suspect is a juvenile.

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