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."

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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
Drive.

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.
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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.
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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.
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5.2.2010
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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