UPDATE, Wednesday, October 19: The suspect that was killed in the crash was identified as 39-year-old Elbert Hayes III of Rossville, Tennessee, according to a THP report obtained by WREG.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Police say two officers are relieved of duty after a police chase led to a crash that killed one person and injured five others.
Officers responded to a multi-vehicle accident at Kirby Parkway and Raines Road around 10 a.m. Friday morning.
According to Memphis Police, officers were chasing a Dodge Avenger that had been reported stolen. Police say the officers deployed stop sticks.
Memphis Police say moments later, the driver of the Dodge Avenger ran a red light and crashed into four vehicles.
The driver of the Dodge Avenger was pronounced dead at the scene. Five others were taken to local hospitals in non-critical condition.
Kim Mok manages nearby B&B Beauty Supply. Mok says she’s never seen or heard a crash quite like this one.
“I’ve heard sometimes cars in car accidents but it’s not usually that loud,” Mok said. “It was a boom sound, too loud to be a car accident. So, what is this sound? So I came out with my coworker and one car was flipped, a white car. And the other car was kind of gone. It was terrible.”
Memphis Police say the officers involved have been relieved of duty. Police would not comment on whether any protocols were broken by officers.
Police say the investigation is ongoing.