[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.