Driver involved in crash that killed Kimberlyn Longbotham was intoxicated

Photo courtesy of Temple Wildcat Athletics Facebook
Photo courtesy of Temple Wildcat Athletics Facebook

4711753_GTEMPLE – The Temple Police Department finished its investigation into a crash that killed two people, including Temple High School softball player Kimberlyn Longbotham.

The Traffic Accident Reconstruction Unit, in a report released on Wednesday, determined that 53-year-old Calvin Vickers, the driver of the vehicle that struck 18-year-old Longbotham’s vehicle, had a blood alcohol level of 0.287 on the night of the crash. That’s over three times the legal limit.

The collision occurred just before 10 PM on Friday, May 2 in the 8500 block of Airport Road. The initial investigation found that the Chevrolet pickup driven by Vickers was traveling west when it crossed into the eastbound lane, striking a Volkswagon driven by Longbotham and a Toyota SUV occupied by two adults and three children. Longbotham was taken to Scott and White Hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries. Vickers was ejected from his vehicle and passed away at Scott and White on May 8. The occupants of the SUV were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Longbotham was a senior at Temple High School and was to attend Texas State University this fall.

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