Family blames deadly crash on high-speed chase - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Jason Miles

Family blames deadly crash on high-speed chase

Ashley McCraw's family remembers the 22 year-old two days after she was killed.  They are unable to hold back the tears.

"I try and don't cry and stuff," says Ashley's mother, Pinkie McCraw.  "But I can't do nothing but cry, 'cause I miss Ashley," she adds.

Ashley's silver Saturn sat crumpled on the side of Shelby Drive Monday night.  Chopper 5 watched as she was cut out of the car then air-lifted to The MED.

"She was dead right then," says her mother.

Police say Ashley was travelling at a high rate of speed.  Her sister says there's a good reason.

"She was running for her life," says her sister, Erica McCraw.

Ashley's family tells Action News 5 that a friend in the car with her had a dispute with a man at a gas station minutes before the crash.  They say the man was armed and chased Ashley's car all the way down Shelby Drive to  Millbranch.  That's where the crash happened.

"She was running 'cause this dude was after her," says Pinkie McCraw.

The family has been in contact with Memphis Police about the identity of that "dude."

"You don't supposed to wish death on nobody or nothing," says Ashley's mother.  "But something needs to happen to him," she adds.

Her family says Ashley would have never purposely put the lives of others in danger, especially that of her 6 year-old niece.  She was in the car with her.

"I don't want nobody to think that," says Erica McCraw.

She says Ashley would do whatever was necessary to protect those she loved.

Here's a statement from MPD spokesperson, Det. Monique Martin:

"(The) crash investigation remains active to determine the circumstances involving the alleged altercation/vehicle chase prior to the crash."

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