A teenage employee of the Kroger at 240 N. Byhalia in Collierville was one of two men killed on Friday afternoon when an off-duty Memphis Police officer crashed into a vehicle on Walnut Grove near Timber Creek Drive.
Travis Parham, 19, and Wallace Morris, 42, were pronounced deceased at the scene of the wreck just after 5 p.m. on Friday.
Antonio Marshall (ABOVE) has been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide for his role in the three-vehicle crash in Cordova that killed two people.
MPD investigators said Marshall was traveling eastbound in a 2019 Dodge Charger “at a high rate of speed” when a 2000 Pontiac Bonneville pulled out of a private drive.
The Charger struck the vehicle, which was then split into two pieces, causing one piece to hit a third vehicle, a 2018 Ford F-150 stopped in the westbound center turn lane.
Both Parham and Morris were thrown out of the car from the force of the impact.
MPD stated, “Due to this crash being a fatal incident involving an off-duty officer, the officer has been routinely relieved of duty pending the outcome of the investigation.”
MPD released the following statement on Saturday:
“After a thorough review of all evidence that was gathered and presented to the District Attorney General’s Office, it was determined that the driver of vehicle No. 1, 27-year-old Antonio Marshall, would be charged with vehicular homicide. Marshall turned himself in, at which time he was arrested and transported to jail.
“On June 25, at approximately 5:00 p.m.,” the narrative continued, “officers responded to the three-car crash at Walnut Grove and Timber Creek Drive.
The preliminary investigation reveals that vehicle No. 1, 2019 Dodge Charger, was traveling eastbound on Walnut Grove at a high rate of speed when vehicle No. 2, 2000 Pontiac Bonneville, pulled from a private drive and was struck by vehicle No. 1.
After vehicle No. 2 was struck, vehicle No. 2 split into two pieces causing one part of the car to strike vehicle No. 3, 2018 Ford-F250, which was stopped in the westbound center turn lane.
The driver of vehicle No. 1, an off-duty MPD Officer, was transported to Regional One Hospital in non-critical condition. The driver and passenger of vehicle No. 2, 19-year-old Travis Parham and 42-year-old Wallace Morris, were pronounced deceased on the scene.
Due to this crash being a fatal incident involving an off-duty officer, the officer has been routinely relieved of duty pending the outcome of the investigation.
This investigation is ongoing.”