It took some time for police to complete the investigation into the Feb. 21 accident that claimed the life of a pedestrian, but the investigation came to fruition on April 28 with the arrest of Keevin Dashawn Byrd, 22, of Killeen.
Byrd was arraigned on April 29 by Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin, who formally charged Byrd with criminally negligent homicide.
The charge stemmed from an incident that occurred on Feb. 21 in the vicinity of Harley Drive and the 100 block of Knight’s Way, during which a 2012 Honda Civic driven by Byrd collided with the rear of a 2011 Ford Crown Victoria, then left the roadway, striking Christopher L. Harvey, 21, of Killeen as he walked on the opposite side of the roadway. Harvey was pronounced dead at the scene.
An arrest affidavit detailing the crash stated that Byrd’s vehicle exited the roadway, traveled through a ditch, struck Harvey, hit a cement culvert, became airborne and struck a telephone pole before stopping in the 100 block of Knight’s Way.
According to the arrest affidavit, data obtained from Byrd’s vehicle indicated that he was traveling at a speed of 95 to 103 mph at the time of the crash. Little wonder the charge against Byrd is negligent homicide.
Byrd was transported to the Bell County Jail on April 30 on a $1 million bond.
Heights police were busy responding to and investigating a variety of crimes this week.
A misdemeanor theft shoplifting was reported Tuesday at a retailer in the 200 block of East Central Texas Expressway.
A theft under $50 was reported Friday in the 500 block of West Veterans Memorial Boulevard.
A theft from a person was reported Thursday in the 600 block of Indian Trail Drive.
A burglary of a vehicle was reported Thursday in the 700 block of Edwards Drive.
Another vehicle was reported burglarized Saturday in the 200 block of East Central Texas Expressway.
A burglary of a building was reported Friday in the 900 block of Nola Ruth Boulevard.
Two forgeries were reported to police this week. The first occurred Thursday in the 300 block of Miller’s Crossing.
Another forgery was reported Friday in the 200 block of East Central Texas Expressway.
An assault by contact was reported Friday in the 900 block of Rebecca Lane.
Possession of marijuana under 2 ounces was reported in the 2000 block of Rain Dance Loop. An arrest was made.
Possession of drug paraphernalia was reported Tuesday in the 1800 block of Tru Trail. An arrest was made.
In association with a narcotics investigation, an arrest was made for the possession of drug paraphernalia on Sunday in the 1500 block of East Knight’s Way.
Criminal mischief was reported Thursday in the 100 block of West Iowa Drive.
Criminal mischief was reported Sunday in the 200 block of Bee Line Lane.
Criminal trespass was reported Saturday in thee 900 block of Travis Lane.
Criminal trespass was reported in the 2000 block of Indian Trail Drive.
Making a false report to a police officer was reported Saturday in the 1000 block of Gasisco Drive.
Harassment by obscene communication was reported Thursday in the 100 block of Mark Road.
Harassment by telephone was reported Wednesday in the 100 block of Cardinal Lane. With the advent of caller ID, the local telephone providers are reluctant to join in an investigation of this category of crime.
Fraudulent use/possession of identifying information was reported Tuesday in the 200 block of East Central Texas Expressway.
Crimes such as this usually involve a fleeing suspect, sometimes on foot, but most often in a vehicle. Chases such as these endanger the citizenry and put the suspect and the police in considerable peril.
Fleeing a police officer adds charges and penalties to any infraction for which the violator may have made.
Here’s a clue for anyone considering fleeing when a police officer attempts to stop you.
Your vehicle may be fast, but the police officer’s radio is much faster, and they know where you live.