Man who lost daughter, fiance in crash with officer speaks out - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Man who lost daughter, fiance in crash with officer speaks out

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Deloise Epps (left) and Mackala Ross (right) were killed in the accident Deloise Epps (left) and Mackala Ross (right) were killed in the accident

(WMC-TV) - The man who lost his fiancé and daughter in a deadly accident with a Memphis police officer is speaking out for the first time since the crash.

Michael Ross hopes the termination of the officer involved in the crash is a step in the right direction toward justice for his family.

Memphis police officer Alex Beard, 23, was driving in non-emergency mode on Crump Boulevard in a marked Memphis police car when he collided with a car that turned in front of him.

Michael Ross was driving the other car involved. He was taken to The MED in critical condition. His daughter, 13-year-old Mackala Ross, was killed. His fiancé', 54-year-old Deloise Epps, was taken to the hospital where she later died.

"I woke up in the hospital and when I finally got to coming around, they told me my family was dead," said Michael Ross. "I miss them every day. I think about them every day. Sometimes I break down and cry but I have to pray, go on, be strong."

Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said the investigation into the accident took a few months because Beard was also injured in the accident.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation. Beard faces internal charges with compliance with regulations to wit: response to call, personal conduct, and damage to motor vehicle.

The Memphis Police Department said Beard has not been criminally charged but they are still looking into what happened. Director Armstrong said he could not comment on how fast Beard was driving.

"It won't be tolerated, more than anything, regardless of how long it takes us to get to the truth, regardless of how long it takes us to hold these hearings, we're going to be vigilant about it," said Armstrong.

Ross said he did not want to comment any further about the accident, but he said he will continue to seek justice.

In the meantime, he has daily reminders, like his daughter's dog, to remind him of how happy she was and the bright future she had ahead of her.

"She was going to school, she was making good grades," said Ross. "She played sports and she went to church every Sunday."

In addition to losing his daughter, Ross also lost his fiancé', who he had been with for more than 20 years.

"Right now, it's still tough on me, but I'm dealing with it," he explained. "Everyone has been so nice to me and my family has stuck by my side."

He continued," Sometimes I break down and cry, but I thank the Lord that I'm still here."

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