What we know about the victims and driver in the crash that hurt 25 sheriff’s recruits this month is being revealed by the State Police this afternoon.
Three people are dead – a woman in her 50s, a 12-year-old boy and the man who allegedly caused the wreck – and 16 others injured. An update to that count will not be made until the following day.
The injured recruit, who died at the scene, and the driver of the pickup truck that collided with the car, who was killed, are both black men, but the driver of the truck that was involved in the crash is white.
Two other white men were taken into custody for questioning after the crash, which is still being investigated.
The crash happened on Old County Road 638 just south of the White Horse Road intersection.
At about 12:20 p.m., a white Toyota pickup truck with Arizona plates was traveling south on Old County Road 638 in the intersection when another vehicle driving north on Old County Road 638 at a high rate of speed in the eastbound lane – going about 65 miles an hour – in front of the truck crashed into the vehicle in front of it, throwing it into a ditch and sending it into a tree.
Troopers say the driver, 22-year-old Derrick Lewis, and a 30-year-old man, John Williams, of Tucson, Ariz., were taken into custody and questioned. No officers were injured.
Here’s what we know about Derrick Lewis and the other injured man, who was the driver of the Toyota truck involved in the crash at the White Horse Road intersection.
“The male, Derrick Lewis, who sustained a serious head injury was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital, but succumbed to his injuries before he could be interviewed,” states a statement from the State Police.
“It is believed, however, that he was injured at the time of the accident