Family of Ada Teen Killed in Pursuit Speaks Out - KTEN.com - No One Gets You Closer

Family of Ada Teen Killed in Pursuit Speaks Out

Posted:

Last month an 18 year old young man was killed after a police pursuit in Pontotoc County. Thursday, the trooper who clipped Joshua Kelley's SUV is back at work and the family wants answers.  Meredith Saldana met with them and has more on this story.

Josh Kelley's grandparents say there are so many questions that haven't been answered and they just want to know what happened to their grandson.

The Townsend's raised their grandson until he was 14-years old.

They say he had a rough life, but was a good person.

Last month he was allegedly driving drunk and refused to pull over when OHP troopers turned on their lights and sirens.

After entering the highway, Trooper James McKee used a tactical vehicle intervention, clipping Kelley's SUV.

The SUV then rolled, ejecting Kelley, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Now, his grandmother, Tawana Townsend says, "I just don't feel like it had to happen like this. And I don't understand how come they cleared the officer when it was a high speed.  The things I hear that the maneuver he used was a dangerous one."

We spoke with OHP who says they completed their investigation into the incident.

They say the chase was initiated by Kelley's decision to flee police.

And at that point, the trooper had to think of others on the road who's lives may also have been at risk.

Kelley's grandparents say they don't think their grandson was given enough time to fully understand what he was doing.

But OHP says, their primary mission is saving lives.

And their job is to end the chase, as soon as possible.

Kelley's grandfather tells me he's a believer that those who drive drunk should be punished, but he wishes things hadn't ended this way.

OHP says Trooper McKee was justified in his decision to perform the maneuver and that's why he's back at work.

-Meredith Saldana, KTEN News

  • Texoma HeadlinesMore>>

  • Texoma craft brewers oppose taproom bill

    Texoma craft brewers oppose taproom bill

    SHERMAN, TX— A controversial bill that would regulate Texas craft breweries is headed to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk and Texoma brewers are pushing for a veto. Owner of 903 Brewers in Sherman, Jeremy Roberts has been riding the wave of the craft beer culture in Texas for four years. But the renaissance of small craft breweries could soon be stifled by a taproom tax. The Texas Senate recently approved House Bill 3287, a law that would require any craft brewery t...More >>
    SHERMAN, TX— A controversial bill that would regulate Texas craft breweries is headed to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk and Texoma brewers are pushing for a veto. Owner of 903 Brewers in Sherman, Jeremy Roberts has been riding the wave of the craft beer culture in Texas for four years. But the renaissance of small craft breweries could soon be stifled by a taproom tax. The Texas Senate recently approved House Bill 3287, a law that would require any craft brewery t...More >>
  • BREAKING: Grayson County Standoff

    BREAKING: Grayson County Standoff

    BREAKING: Howe, Texas - Grayson County deputies are currently in a standoff with a suspect inside a home in the 900 block of Bennett Road in Howe. That's about seven miles from Howe High School where deputies and several law enforcement agencies from Grayson County have set up a command post. Neighbors along Bennett Road have been told to stay inside their homes. Negotiators are trying to talk the subject into coming out of the house. A spokesman for the Sheriff's Office...

    More >>

    BREAKING: Howe, Texas - Grayson County deputies are currently in a standoff with a suspect inside a home in the 900 block of Bennett Road in Howe. That's about seven miles from Howe High School where deputies and several law enforcement agencies from Grayson County have set up a command post. Neighbors along Bennett Road have been told to stay inside their homes. Negotiators are trying to talk the subject into coming out of the house. A spokesman for the Sheriff's Office...

    More >>
  • Durant Riding Club Rodeo Opens Magnolia Festival

    Durant Riding Club Rodeo Opens Magnolia Festival

    KTENKTEN

    The 2017 Magnolia Festival is about to get underway and there is no better way to start it than the 76th annual Durant Riding Club Rodeo 

    More >>

    The 2017 Magnolia Festival is about to get underway and there is no better way to start it than the 76th annual Durant Riding Club Rodeo 

    More >>