On Friday, the Lubbock Police Department responded to a deadly crash 2900 block of 50th Street around 3:00 a.m.
According to LPD, the driver, Ivan Gutierrez, 16, was pronounced dead at the scene after the truck crashed into a tree, a light pole and landscaping rocks. Police said the officer had observed reckless driving prior to the crash.
Upon further investigation, the truck had been stolen earlier, but a report had not been made. The Major Crash Unit is still investigating.
The following is a press release from Lubbock Police:
Lubbock police department is investigating a single-vehicle, fatal crash that occurred around 3:08 a.m. this morning [Friday morning].
An officer was in a parking lot in the 3700 block of 50th street writing a report when the officer spotted a pickup driving recklessly and at a high rate of speed east bound on 50th street. At approximately 3:07 a.m. the officer exited the parking lot and attempted to reach the vehicle to initiate a traffic stop. The officer never got close enough to the vehicle to make a traffic stop. At approximately 3:08 a.m., the officer drove up on the wrecked vehicle at 2900 50th street.
The initial investigation shows the driver lost control and crashed into a tree, a light pole and landscaping rocks on the south side of 2900 50th street. The driver was pronounced deceased at the scene. Upon further investigation, the pickup truck had been stolen earlier but a report had not been made. Officers are still working to identify the deceased driver and notify next of kin.
Detectives from the Major Crash Unit are investigating.
(Press release from Lubbock Police)
SPECIAL NOTE: Police released dashcam video related to this story. Use the video link to see it. There is no audio for the first few seconds of the video.