Family calls for justice after cousins killed in crash with off-duty MPD officer

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — FOX13 is pressing Memphis Police for answers about the off-duty officer allegedly involved in a crash on Walnut Grove Friday that left two people dead. 

Susan Hunt says 19-year-old Travis Parham was her nephew. Parham is one of the victims.  42-year-old Wallace Morris was the other victim. Family members said they were cousins.

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”We just need to get justice for my nephew and my cousin.  Travis Parham, Jr., J Bug, I raised him when he was little, that was my baby and I got a son right today that he look just like him and I miss my baby. I wish they could bring him back,” said an emotional Hunt.

FOX13 reported Sunday, a spokesperson for the department said the officer was traveling at a high rate of speed.

”100 plus. That’s all he came out with - a scratch,” said Hunt.

FOX13 started calling the Memphis Police Department shortly after 10:30 Monday morning and sent text messages.  Seven hours later, and no one has returned our calls or texts.

”I’d rather seek justice for our family,” said Hunt. 

Memphis Police told FOX13 the officer has been relieved of duty pending the outcome of the investigation.   

This deadly crash happened one month after the city of Memphis launched its Slow Down Memphis campaign to bring awareness about drag racing and speeding.  

A Memphis resident says she was shocked to learn of the accusations against that officer.

”He should have taken better precautions because as him being an officer of the law, he knows what he’s supposed to do and not supposed to do and speeding at a high rate of speed on Walnut Grove where there’s a high rate of traffic, he has to be accountable for this actions,” said Shereta Davis.

An MPD spokesperson says the officer was traveling east on Walnut Grove when his car hit another vehicle.  MPD says that the vehicle split into two pieces because of the impact of the off-duty officer’s vehicle.