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2 killed in weekend high-speed chase

POSTED: Monday, April 16, 2012 - 2:02pm
UPDATED: Monday, April 16, 2012 - 2:03pm

The victims have been identified as 33-year old James Carl Broland and 39-year old Tamojeane Kehaulani Tambakis.

This crash continues to be investigated and information will be released as it becomes available.

Killeen Police are investigating a fatal crash that occurred in the area of College and Church tonight just after 7:30pm.

The Killeen Police Department was notified of two suspicious males who had gone into the Action Pawn #1 located at 1107 S. Fort Hood St. at 7:32pm, on Saturday, April 14, 2012.

Officers were told the males entered the store acting suspicious, one of the males became upset and they both left the store and entered a tan Chevy Tahoe. The driver left the parking lot by jumping the curb and driving north on Fort Hood St. Officers were in the area and located the vehicle as it was passing the 440 Plaza still heading north.

The officers attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver failed to comply with the officers. As the vehicle approached the intersection of Fort Hood St. at Veteran’s Memorial Blvd another officer motioned to the driver to pull over to the side of the road. The driver started to pull over then suddenly fled the intersection to the east on Veteran’s Memorial Blvd and turned north onto College St.; a pursuit ensued.

The driver continued to flee north on College at a high rate of speed when he lost control of the Chevy Tahoe at the intersection of College and Church causing the vehicle to overturn. The vehicle continued to overturn splitting a light pole and coming to rest upside down in a vacant lot. The 22 year old male driver was ejected and the 27 year old male front passenger was partially ejected; they were both transported to the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center in critical condition.

Two other occupants were still in the back seat of the Tahoe. Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke arrived at the crash scene and pronounced a 33 year old male deceased at 8:18pm and a 39 year old female deceased at 8:19pm. He also ordered autopsies to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.

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