• November 09, 2022

Kelcy Tekell Killed in Auto Accident near 34th and West Loop in Lubbock, TX

Lubbock, TX — November 7, 2022, 32-year-old Kelcy Tekell was fatally hit by a vehicle while assisting with another crash in West Lubbock.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 8:00 a.m. near 34th Street and the West Loop. Preliminary investigation suggests two vehicles collided and pulled onto the shoulder. 19-year-old Corbin Thompson, one of the drivers in the collision, exited his vehicle as Tekell pulled over and got out to help.

As Thompson and Tekell surveyed the damage, a pickup truck driven by 19-year-old Vance Worley approached on the nearby entrance ramp. Worley reportedly swerved to avoid another vehicle and partially entered the shoulder, hitting one of the cars involved in the first crash as well as Thompson and Tekell.

Both victims were transported to a local hospital, where Tekell died of her injuries a short time later. Thompson was said to be in stable condition.

The investigation continues. No further information is available at this time.

Kelcy Tekell Killed in Lubbock, TX Auto Accident near 34th and West Loop

Commentary on Kelcy Tekell Accident on West Loop in Lubbock

Just about any accident can be chaotic, but the chances of one being misunderstood increase dramatically the more moving parts it has. For instance, here we have a combination of two or three discrete events--the initial collision, the victim stopping to help, and the secondary crash as a driver tried to avoid a different one--and during the investigation all the details of each wreck and how they fit together into one larger accident must be figured out. Frankly, I just hope law enforcement has the time and ability to connect all the dots.

That's not to pick a fight with Lubbock PD, just to recognize that competing priorities, limited staff and resources, and only so many hours in the day sometimes mean officers hurry through their investigations and reports. When they stick to a "by the book" approach and look no further, crucial details may slip through the cracks. That's not always an issue, but when it happens it creates major problems for victims and families in search of answers and help. Will someone ensure that everyone affected by this accident get both?

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