KILLEEN (April 16, 2012)—Police Monday identified the man and woman who died in a crash after a high-speed chase Saturday night in Killeen as James Carl Broland, 33, and Tamojeane Kehaulani Tambakis, 39.
A preliminary autopsy report released Monday says both died of blunt force injuries as the result of an accident.
They were both riding in the backseat of a Chevrolet Tahoe whose driver was attempting to elude officers investigating a report of a suspicious person at a local pawnshop.
The 22-year-old man who was driving the Tahoe and a 27-year-old man who was riding in the front passenger seat were both taken to Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center in critical condition after the crash.
Their names have not been released.
The chase started after were dispatched at around 7:30 p.m. Saturday to Action Pawn at 1107 South Fort Hood St. in Killeen in response to a report of two suspicious men at the business.
Witnesses told officers two men walked into the store, one became upset, and then both left in the Tahoe.
An officer who was in the area spotted the Tahoe and attempted to pull it over, but the driver took off, speeding through the intersection of Fort Hood Street and Veteran's Memorial Boulevard and then turning north onto College Street, police said.
The driver lost control of the Tahoe at the intersection of College and Church Streets.
The vehicle rolled several times and split a light pole.
The driver was ejected and the front seat passenger was partially ejected, police said.
The man and woman in the backseat were pronounced dead at the scene.
Autopsies were ordered.