Capital Circle & Shumard Oaks Crash UPDATE

UPDATED 8.09.2010 by Julie Montanaro

A Tallahassee woman will not face any criminal charges for a deadly wreck that claimed the life of a 13 year old girl.

Darielle Copeland, who was a student at Florida High, was critically injured in a crash at the intersection of Capital Circle Northeast and Shumard Oak on May 2nd and died two weeks later.

The driver of the Chevy Tahoe that t-boned the car in which Copeland was riding has received two traffic citations. Melanie Humphries received citations for running a red light and careless driving.

State Attorney Willie Meggs says he reviewed the case and said it did not warrant criminal prosecution, because there was no gross recklessness on Humpphries' part.

Humphries is the wife of Leon County Sheriff's Deputy Clay Humphries. An LCSO spokesman says he was not at all involved in the investigation of this case.

Meggs refutes talk that Melanie Humprhies got any special treatment because she is a deputy's wife. "That's not the standard we look at. We have charged deputies and even sent some to prison, so that's just not true."

Updated 9:05am 5-20

Funeral Services for Darrielle Copeland will be held Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 11:00 am at the Life Deliverance Ministry located at 3377 Jim Lee Road in Tallahassee.
UPDATED 2:45pm 5.18.2010 by Julie Montanaro

Students are holding a prayer service at the Florida High School flagpole early tomorrow morning to remember student Darrielle Copeland and five other Seminoles who have died this year.

Copeland died Sunday in the wake of a May 2nd crash not far from the school at Capital Circle and Shumard Oak.

According to administrators at Florida High, four have died in car accidents including cafeteria worker Missy Reeves and student Caleb Smith who died in a wreck on Tram Road in March and Mary Stewart who died in a crash on I-10 just a few weeks later.

Popular drama teacher Scott Smith and maintenance worker George Nixon died of medical emergencies earlier in the school year, administrators said.

The student-initiated prayer service will be held at the flagpole at 7:30am.

UPDATED 4pm 5.17.2010 by Julie Montanaro

The Leon County Sheriff's Office says its traffic homicide detectives are still investigating the crash and a decision has not yet been made on whether anyone will face charges.

Family members tell us Darrielle Copeland was a student at Florida High school and played basketball there.

The family's attorney says funeral arrangements have not yet been finalized.

Updated 2:21pm 5-17 by LCSO Press Release:

On Sunday, May 02, 2010 Darrielle Copeland, 13, was critically injured when the Lincoln she was riding in collided with a Chevrolet Tahoe at the intersection of Capital Circle and Shumard Oaks

On Sunday, May 16, 2010 Darrielle passed away at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare.

Frankie Fudge, 44, and Darryl Copeland, 15, were also injured in the crash.

Melanie Humphries, the driver of the Tahoe, sustained minor injuries.

Leon County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Homicide Investigators continue to investigate the cause of the crash.

It is unknown if any charges will be filed.

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.
Updated 1:05pm 5-17 by Julie Montanaro:

Leon County Sheriff's Deputies confirm that 13-year-old Darrielle Copeland died late Sunday evening.

Her autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow.

Traffic homicide investigators say that crash is still under investigation and there is no word yet whether any charges will be filed.
UPDATED 5.5.2010 by Julie Montanaro

13 year old Darrielle Copeland was critically injured in that crash near Southwood Sunday, according to an LCSO investigator.

A spokeswoman with Tallahassee Memorial Hospital says the teen is still in critical condition as of Wednesday morning.

44 year old Frankie Fudge, and Copeland's 15 year old brother Darryl Copeland were seriously injured in the wreck also. According to LCSO, all three were riding in a red Lincoln that day.

LCSO says the driver of the SUV, 30 year old Melanie Humphries, sustained only minor injuries in the crash.

According to Deputy Lonnie Seay with LCSO's Traffic Unit,
the investigation is still underway and there have been no decisions on whether charges will be filed yet.
Three people are hospitalized - following a crash that shut down part of Capital Circle in Tallahassee for about five hours.

One of the victims is in critical condition.

The crash happened some time before 2 o'clock Sunday, May 2nd off Capital Circle and Shumard Oaks Boulevard.

Deputies say the driver of an S-U-V ran a red light and collided with a sedan.

We're told all of the injured victims were in the sedan. No names have been released at this time.

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 28, 2011 at 01:50 PM
    Why are people defending someone who killed a child? So killing a child is ok, but making negative comments about someone who kills a child is not ok? What kind of twisted logic is that? This woman DERSERVES TO BE BASHED, her careless actions KILLED A CHILD. Feel bad for the child and her family, not the person WHO CAUSED THIS BY KILLING SOMEONE. Shame on you Melanie and her friends defending her.
  • by Tom on Mar 28, 2011 at 01:39 PM
    Melanie's trashy friends are out in full force. Do you defend all child killers, or just one's you are friends with? How dare someone say something bad someone whose careless actions got a child killed, oh the humanity! What kind of person are you to defend someone who killed an innocent child? You are as scummy as she is.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 28, 2011 at 01:37 PM
    Felony Melanie should be in jail, must be nice to have law enforcement ties and not have to face justice. Anyone else who runs a light and kills a child, goes to prison. Her sleezy friends can spin it all they want, but your friend killed a kid. Get mad at people posting here all you want, but your friend caused this by killing a kid. Go cry elsewhere. Your friend is a killer.
  • by Larry on Mar 28, 2011 at 01:35 PM
    Melanie killed a child, end of story, she should be in prison, end of story, it's sad her friends don't care about the innocent child melanie killed, they just care about people saying negative things about a careless person who killed a child. Amazing, but birds of a feather flock together.
  • by FED-UP(with so called clever people) on Mar 26, 2011 at 10:05 AM
    Clarification: Wctv displays the comment when approved, but displays the actual time of submission. Like now, around 1pm I am submitting this, but my post may not be posted until an hour (or less) after; however, will still show that it was made at 1pm (or whenever submitted). Just wanted to clarify that from previous post, considering I am the same person who commented the previous was able to go back (on computer) and see what I had previously commented in the initial block. TTT2/Anonymous (one in same), I hope you enjoy your Saturday, but I am sure everyday for you is a weekend.
  • by FED-UP(with so called clever people) on Mar 26, 2011 at 09:56 AM
    Anonymous/TallyTalksTrash2: You are such an idiot!! Did you really think that it would believed that you were 2 different people (idiot) by changing your screen name and acting as though you were agreeing with the previous (anonymous)? I mean come on, for TTT2 to be able to agree with Anonymous, there would have had to been enough time for wctv to post the comment; which we all know takes longer than less than a minute! So, we have 2 posters posting at the very same minute (1:43AM) and the second agreeing with the previous before it's had time to post!! They post our comments at the actual time of submission, not the time of it being approved and displayed! are SOOOOOO smart!!! And that coincidentally, 2 different people are posting on the same (months later) post close to 2AM in the morning!! I'm impressed!
  • by TallyTalksTrash2 on Mar 23, 2011 at 10:43 PM
    I agree Felony Melanie should be in jail.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 23, 2011 at 10:43 PM
    Look at her friends defending this careless woman who killed a child. Disgusting but typical. Melanie got away with vehicular manslaughter, she should be in prison. If I run a redlight and kill someone, I go to jail, but I'm also not married to LE.
  • by Ad infinitum on Mar 10, 2011 at 05:14 PM
    I'd say being accused of a crime (murder?? really?) she didn't commit makes her a type of victim. Do you KNOW what "murder" is? Obviously not. Just a word you throw around because you are a miserable human being who wants a scapegoat to vent your spleen on, and Melanie made an easy target because a kid died. You care not one iota about the facts because they'd probably spoil your venom-spewing. It's ironic that you pretend to care so much about justice when you obviously couldn't care less about right or wrong. Maybe in a past life, you were one of the bloodthirsty "Christians" involved with the Salem Witch Trials. We look back at those ignorant people with disgust, but even worse are those who should be more sophisticated nearly 320 years later and still don't get it. Actus non facit reum nisi mens sit rea.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 9, 2011 at 08:20 AM
    Hey Fed up, I saw a story about a lady killing a child here in FL, I'm sure you will want to start defending her too. Keep up the good fight of defending people who kill kids! You are really making a difference. Melanie is a killer, she killed a child, you can blab all you want but it doesn't change the fact melanie killed a child and she got off free when she should have been charged with manslaughter
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