On August 26, 2012, Alex Beard was involved in a traffic crash at the intersection of E. H. Crump Boulevard and Walnut Street.
Beard (a Memphis police officer) was on duty driving a marked Memphis Police Department patrol car.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol Critical Incident Response Team conducted the investigation of the crash. The investigation reported that Beard’s patrol car (a Dodge Charger) entered the intersection and crashed into a Mercury Mystique occupied by four (4) individuals. The driver and one (1) of the occupants were injured in the crash and transported to the Regional Medical Center. Two (2) female passengers (Mackala Epps, age 14 and Delores Epps, age 53) were killed in the crash.
Vehicular homicide is a class “C” felony with a sentence range between three (3) to fifteen (15) years. Aggravated assault is a class “D” felony with a sentence range between two (2) to twelve (12) years.