[UPDATE] Crawfordville Man Killed in Traffic Accident

By: WCSO Press Release
By: WCSO Press Release

[UPDATE] (9-20 9:59AM) --

A 22-year-old Crawfordville woman was charged with DUI Manslaughter Friday, Sept. 17 in the Sept. 10 traffic crash that claimed the life of her 23-year-old companion, according to Sheriff David Harvey.

Jessica Marie Bouchard Kelley was booked into the Wakulla County Jail following the conclusion of investigation by the WCSO Traffic Unit.

Marcus Brandon Kelley was killed in a traffic accident on Highway 375 near Piney Creek Road north of Smith Creek in western Wakulla County.

Evidence collected during the investigation was consistent with Bouchard Kelley being behind the wheel when the fatal crash occurred. She is being held in jail with no bond.

Marcus Kelley was ejected from the truck after it left the highway four miles south of the Leon County line. The 2001 Chevrolet pickup truck was southbound when it left the road and struck a guardrail south of Piney Creek Road.

The victim died at the scene at 1:28 a.m. The investigation determined that the traffic accident was alcohol related. It is the second traffic homicide of the year in Wakulla County.

The accident was investigated by Deputy Dale Evans, Captain Billy Jones and Deputy Ben Steinle of the WCSO Traffic Unit and Lt. C.L. Morrison and Deputies Ward Kromer and Rachel Oliver of the Road Patrol unit.


Wakulla County, FL - A 23-year-old Crawfordville man died in an alcohol-related one vehicle traffic accident on Smith Creek Highway (Highway 375) at approximately 1 a.m. Friday, Sept. 10, according to Sheriff David Harvey.

Marcus Brandon Kelley was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene in rural Wakulla County after a traffic roll-over accident. The driver of the vehicle, Jessica Marie Bouchard Kelley, 22, of Crawfordville, was not seriously injured.

The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit worked the accident scene and determined that the couple was southbound on Highway 375 four miles south of the Leon County line when the 2001 Chevrolet pickup truck left the roadway and struck a guardrail south of Piney Creek Road. The vehicle flipped and ejected Marcus Kelley who was not wearing a seat belt. His wife was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:28 a.m. Jessica Kelley was taken into protective custody following the accident. Charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.

The Kelley death is the second fatality on Wakulla County roads in 2010 and the first traffic homicide worked by the WCSO Traffic Unit. Investigating the accident are Deputies Dale Evans and Ben Steinle of the Traffic Unit. Lt. C.L. Morrison and Deputies Ward Kromer and Rachel Oliver of the road patrol assisted at the accident scene.

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 10, 2011 at 11:37 AM
  • by R on Oct 1, 2010 at 09:35 AM
    @H How many times have u made a stupid choice. We ALL make them. What if this story would have said something more about a man being killed after his wife texting/talking while driving. Its as deadly but do you all see it this way. Jessica needs help & we should help her, not bash her. Think about it for a while. Im just a teen and its sad to know that i can and do act more mature & know when to help ppl-not throw them to the side- than more adults in the world today. Im here to help people to talk to them, about all choices not put them down. Think about it seriously..& Ill be praying for you.
  • by LAL on Sep 25, 2010 at 09:07 AM
    I'm sure knowing that Marcus was an athiest has made this whole situation all the more difficult for his family, who now have to live with the belief that Marcus is not in a very good place. I don't think you should judge his family for their choice of funeral locations. This was a sudden and tragic loss and they went to the place where they could find the most comfort.
  • by H Location: Tallahassee on Sep 25, 2010 at 08:45 AM
    @R yes it is all about Marcus loosing his life but it's also about the stupidity of a girl that had already had a DUI once before and wrecked her vehicle and almost killed herself THEN was dumb enough to go back and do it again this time costing not only herself but MANY people something greater.
  • by Anon Location: tally area on Sep 25, 2010 at 03:51 AM
    Pray for all involved. It appears that there were a good amount of people at this party that could have stopped them from leaving. Yes, Jessica chose to drive and she will suffer for the rest of her life. She loved Marcus. She would trade places with him. One question?? If Marcus was an atheist, why would his family have a funeral all about God and Heaven. Some people left the funeral thinking that his family did not know him at all; Some left distraught because the funeral did not seem to be about him. There were many other ways to celebrate his life without making it all about God. To the Kelley Ricks family - Marcus will forever be remembered and loved by his friends. Some still love Jessica too. Jessica-I hope you get help and find God and ask for forgiveness. Pray for all involved
  • by Amanda Location: Crawfordville on Sep 25, 2010 at 02:14 AM
    CHRISTIANS: Just as God will judge Jessica for her wrong, you will be judged for yours. Love the sinner, hate the sin. You should know better if you are truly a Christian. Remember James 2:10-For whoever shall keep the whole law, but stumble in one point, he is guilty of all-Your hatred is just as bad as her murder, as that is just as bad as someone else’s lie. If you disagree, you should do a lot of praying or perhaps question whether or not your salvation is truly genuine (since it is written plain and clear in the bible). Further more, who are you all to cast stones? Just because your sins haven't resulted in a death, does not mean you have any authority granted to you whatsoever to cast judgment. In God’s eyes, we are all as sinful as she is. According to the bible, the only thing we ARE authorized to do is love her, just as Christ loves us. Justice will take its own path. In the meantime, you can start being better Christians by showing love to someone who is obviously struggling.
  • by Lord Help Location: NOT Jessica on Sep 24, 2010 at 09:32 AM
    @ Help Jessica , Are you serious ? Help her what ? What about helping the family that lost their son at the hands of her drunk driving ? Oh wait , there is nothing anyone can do to help them because their son is dead. You say if anyone has the kindness in their heart ? Really ? the only thing my heart would lead me to do is help make sure she stays locked up so she can never do this to another family , from what I have read this isn't the first time she has been " caught" drinking and driving. I am sorry , but I have no kindness in my heart for the situation Jessica created and instead of trying to defend it , maybe she should OWN her mistakes, after all that is the first step to recovery.
  • by AmericanIdiot on Sep 24, 2010 at 09:02 AM
    Help Jessica???!!!??? Are you kidding me?????!!!!!????? HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by HelpJessica on Sep 24, 2010 at 06:45 AM
    if anyone has the kindness in their hearts to help Jessica and her family through this, here is a link where you can donate: http://helpjessica.mezoka.com/
  • by Very Sad on Sep 23, 2010 at 06:58 PM
    This is a situation where there are no winners and never will be no matter what... Families destroyed.
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