Durham police on Friday morning identified the innocent victim killed in a crash caused by two suspects fleeing police as an employee of the Durham County Sheriff’s office.
Authorities said Durham police officers attempted to stop a Honda Accord that had been reported stolen at gunpoint from Alston Avenue at about 7:45 p.m. Thursday.
The driver fled, and a chase began near the intersection of Elizabeth and Ramseur streets.
Authorities said the driver of the stolen vehicle continued to flee for just over 10 minutes, before colliding with a Chevy Impala and Hyundai Sonata at the intersection of Club Boulevard and N. Duke Street.
Authorities identified the driver of the Hyundai as Brooke Lyn Maynard, 24, of Durham. She worked as a detention officer with the Durham County Sheriff’s Office.
Maynard was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
“Her dedication and hard work in her short time with us will leave a lasting impression on all of her sheriff’s office family,” the Durham County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
Maynard had been employed with the Durham County Sheriff’s Office since November 2017 and was a recent graduate of the Sheriff’s Office Basic Detention Officer Training Academy.
Maynard’s neighbors on Friday said they were devastated to learn of her death. One friend said Maynard was a single mother who “cherished her little girl more than ever and worked very hard to provide a good life for her.”
Neighbors said Maynard’s mother, Tina Renee Maynard, died in a 2013 drowning.
The suspects in the Honda remain hospitalized Friday evening, authorities said. Two people in the Chevy were treated for minor injuries.
Authorities have not released the names of the suspects, citing an ongoing investigation, but said the driver of the stolen Honda will be charged with felony fleeing to elude causing death, felony death by motor vehicle, failure to stop for a red light, possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The passenger will be charged with possession of a stolen vehicle.
Durham police chase policy states that officers can engage in a chase if the suspect is wanted for a violent crime. It says officers must consider the risk the chase poses to the public, and if that risk outweighs the need for apprehension.
No Durham Police Department vehicles were involved in the crash, police said.