Police bodycam video shows moments after crash that killed two teens in east Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Newly released body camera video from a police officer shows what happened in the moments after a crash that killed two teenagers in east Louisville in July.

18-year-old Isaiah Basham and 16-year-old Lexi Gray were killed when their car slammed into a tree on Herr Lane near the Westport Village shopping center around 3:30 a.m. on July 16.

WDRB obtained video that was recorded on by the body camera of an officer from the Graymoor-Devondale Police Department shortly after the crash.

When the officer’s camera begins recording, it shows a tree engulfed in flames just after impact. The car is not visible. The video shows several Louisville Metro Police Department officers at the scene, and firefighters from the Louisville Division of Fire are still working to extinguish the flames. About eight minutes into the officer's video, the charred vehicle is visible wrapped around a tree.

The video also captures the officer's interaction with the sister of one of the victims.

"That's my brother in there!" she tearfully tells the officer.

"Hang on, baby," the officer responds. "Hang on." 

Basham's sister, Glennisha Swift, told WDRB days after the crash that she was in a car right behind them, and police were chasing the vehicle.

"As soon as he passed the light by my mom's house, the two police immediately got behind him, turned on their lights, and were chasing him," Swift said.

In the video you can hear a female LMPD officer speaking with the Graymoor-Devondale officer.

“They just ran the sign and I tried to stop them,” the LMPD officer said.  

It is LMPD's policy to only chase suspects if the person has been involved in a violent felony.

Isaiah Basham's family has hired attorney, Maury D. Kommor, to look into what happened in the moments before the crash and they are questioning how LMPD handled the situation.

"The evidence strongly suggests that the scene of these fatalities marks the end point of a dangerous speed contest with two units of LMPD …," Kommor said in a statement.

LMPD officers said they first spotted the vehicle driving erratically near Ballard High School, about a mile-and-a-half before the crash site.

An LMPD spokesperson previously told WDRB News the officers were quite a distance away when the driver lost control.

LMPD is not commenting on the video because the crash remains under investigation.

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