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Memphis Cop Fired for Fatal Crash

February 20, 2013  | 

A Memphis Police officer involved in an on-duty crash that killed two people last year has been fired following a state investigation, police said Tuesday.

Alex Beard, 23, was fired Monday following a probe by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. He was charged with failing to adhere to regulations regarding responding to calls, personal conduct and motor-vehicle damage.

The fatal crash happened about 3 p.m. Aug. 26 at Crump and Walnut near Downtown. Beard, heading east on Crump, was responding to a request for help from another officer. Police said Beard ran a red light without his lights or sirens on, a violation of department policy.

His car collided with a 1996 Mercury Mystique, which was heading west on Crump and turning south on Walnut. The collision killed Mackala Ross, 13, and Delores Epps, 54.

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