Detective Elise Ybarra, 33, of Abilene TX, was killed Sunday when the vehicle she was in was rear ended by a pickup truck on Interstate 20. Detectives Ybarra, Chris Milliorn, and Robert Collins—all with the Abilene Police Department—were headed to Dallas to attend a Crimes Against Children Conference. Ybarra slowed the vehicle she was driving as it approached slow traffic due to another crash ahead. That’s when a white Chevy pickup rear ended the detectives’ vehicle. Ybarra was killed, and Milliorn and Collins were transported by EMS to Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene. Their injuries are not life threatening.
Detective Ybarra began her career in Law Enforcement with the Sedalia Police Department in Missouri. She started her career with the Abilene Police Department on June 2, 2014. After graduating from the Abilene Police Academy, she was sworn in as an Abilene Police Officer on November 21, 2014. She served as a patrol officer for two years and then transferred to the Special Victims’ Unit as a Child Abuse Investigator on December 14th of 2016. She is survived by her husband of eight years, Adam Ybarra, and their 10 month old daughter.
Often times these crashes involve distracted drivers. Drivers don’t anticipate that traffic will slow down much, and even a quick glance at a phone or the radio allows can be deadly. At 75 miles per hour, the vehicle is traveling 110 feet per second, meaning it will go further than a football field in just three seconds. Drivers always have a duty to avoid colliding with objects in front of them, even if they’re abnormal, like stopped traffic in the roadway. For this reason, drivers must always pay attention to the road and minimize distractions.
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