Driver Sentenced in Deadly Crash on Conner Boulevard

By: Eyewitness News, LCSO Release, Lanetra Bennett, Angelica Alvarez; Julie Montanaro Email
By: Eyewitness News, LCSO Release, Lanetra Bennett, Angelica Alvarez; Julie Montanaro Email

UPDATED
January 22, 2015
By Julie Montanaro

A Tallahassee man is headed to prison for a deadly crash that killed his friend.

This week, Brandon Davis was sentenced to six years in prison for vehicular homicide. That will be followed by two years on community control and another seven years on probation.

Davis was accused of drinking and driving the night he crashed on Conner Boulevard in August 2011.

The car struck a tree and flipped over. His friend 22 year old Amber Roach was killed.

Davis entered a plea to vehicular homicide earlier this week. His attorney said this gives Davis closure - and more importantly - he hopes it gives Amber Roach's family some closure.


[UPDATE] December 29, 2011 11:48pm

Tallahassee - Twenty-four year old Brandon Davis is charged with manslaughter by driving under the influence in the death of 22-year-old Amber Roach. Friends describe her as someone everyone wanted to be around.

Jonelle Dudley was a friend and former roommate of Roach, she says, "Everybody was drawn to her."

But this young life was cut short on the morning of August 6, 2011. Just before five that morning, Leon County Sheriff's deputies responded to an accident near Tom Brown Park, on Conner Boulevard near Trojan Trail.

By the time deputies arrived, Roach was already dead. Davis was at the wheel and was sent to the hospital with serious injuries.

Dudley says, "I know they were going to go hang out with friends and I know they came back to her house and decided to go to CVS, early in the morning, to buy cigarettes and that's when everything went down."

Davis hit a tree in the median and the vehicle rolled several times. Months later in November, toxicology reports confirmed Davis' blood alcohol level was above the legal limit. They also found traces of cocaine in his system.

Friends say they're happy justice is finally served but say nothing will ever replace their friend.

Roach was a communications major at Florida State University. Davis was already in jail for violating probation on another incident, when deputies arrested him for the manslaughter charge.

[UPDATE] December 29, 2011 2:20pm

On August 6, 2011 at 4:54 a.m. the Leon County Sheriff’s Office responded to Conner Boulevard, just east of Trojan Trail in reference to a single vehicle crash. The preliminary investigation has shown that a 2008 Mazda being driven by 24 year old Brandon Davis was traveling east on Conner Boulevard in the inside lane. Amber Roach, 22, was a passenger in the vehicle.

As it approached a curve east of Trojan Trail, the vehicle veered to the right, entered into a skid and crossed the center median striking a tree. The vehicle then rolled several times before coming to rest on the shoulder of Conner Boulevard. Davis was transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital with serious injuries. Roach died at the scene.

In November 2011, toxicological reports confirmed that Davis’ blood alcohol level was 0.090 and also contained the presence of cocaine. On December 29, 2011, Leon County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Homicide Deputies charged Davis with Manslaughter by Driving Under the Influence. He was booked into the Leon County Jail.

The Leon County Sheriff’s Office reminds motorists to always wear seat belts and never drive under the influence of any intoxicating substance.

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[UPDATE] August 9, 2011 6:20pm

The driver in the crash that killed an FSU student on Conner Boulevard has been arrested in an unrelated case.

Leon County Sheriff's deputies say 23-year-old Brandon Davis hit a tree early Saturday morning on Conner Blvd, killing 22-year-old Amber Roach.

Deputies say Davis had a warrant for his arrest for violating probation on a previous charge of leaving the scene of an accident.

Deputies say they made arrangements for Davis to turn himself in once he was released from the hospital.

Davis turned himself in Monday, August 8th.

No charges are filed at this time in Saturday's Conner Blvd. crash.

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[UPDATE] Tallahassee, Florida - August 8, 2011 6:45pm

Preliminary autopsy results are in for the woman killed in a wreck in Tallahassee over the weekend.

Deputies say 22-year-old Amber Roach died from blunt force trauma consistent with a car crash.

The FSU student died early Saturday morning on Conner Boulevard.

Leon County deputies say she was riding with 23-year-old Brandon Davis around 5:00, when Davis hit a tree in the median.

Davis was taken to the hospital and released that same day.

Deputies say it could take weeks or even months to get the results back that determine if alcohol was involved in the crash.

No charges have been filed at this time. The investigation is still ongoing.

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[UPDATE] Tallahassee, Florida - August 8, 2011 -

An early morning car crash on August 6th left a woman dead and a man hospitalized. Amber Roach, 22, was pronounced dead at the scene of an accident that took place on Conner Boulevard near Lincoln High School.

WCTV spoke with a friend and coworker who went to FSU with Amber.

"She was the type of person that would make you laugh if you're feeling down or you could talk to about pretty much anything. It was just always a good experience," says friend Oliva Aybar.

Amber was a communications major at Florida State. She worked at the Verizon Wireless store on Martin Luther King Boulevard.

The driver went to the hospital in serious condition.

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UPDATE 8-6-11

On August 6, 2011 at 4:54 a.m. the Leon County Sheriff’s Office responded to Conner Boulevard, just east of Trojan Trail in reference to a single vehicle crash.

The preliminary investigation has shown that a 2008 Mazda being driven by 23-year-old Brandon Davis was traveling east on Conner Boulevard in the inside lane.

Amber Roach, 22, was a passenger in the vehicle.

As it approached a curve east of Trojan Trail, the vehicle veered to the right, entered into a skid and crossed the center median striking a tree.

The vehicle then rolled several times before coming to rest on the shoulder of Conner Boulevard.

As a result of the crash, Davis was transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital with serious injuries. Roach died at the scene.

The Leon County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Homicide Unit is continuing the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash.

An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow, 8-7-11.

The portion of Conner Boulevard between Trojan Trail and Lone Feather Drive will be closed while the investigation continues. Traffic is being diverted in the area.

The Leon County Sheriff’s Office reminds motorists to always wear seat belts and never drive under the influence of any intoxicating substance.

Remember: BUCKLE UP, SLOW DOWN AND DRIVE CAREFULLY.
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A woman is dead and a man is in serious condition following a car crash. The Leon County Sheriff's Office says the man was driving a red car east on Conner Blvd around 5 a.m. Saturday.

LCSO says that is when he lost control of the car and hit a tree in the median.

The passenger was a woman and died. The man is still in the hospital.

Once their families are contacted, LCSO can release their names.

This portion of the road will be closed for another three hours.


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  • by Odd on Dec 30, 2011 at 07:39 PM
    The oddest thing about this is he could get 15 years max in a state prison.
  • by Sara Location: Tallahassee on Dec 30, 2011 at 03:47 PM
    So it takes almost 5 months for law enforcement to figure out this guy was driving drunk and on drugs, killing someone, and get him locked up? Unbelievable. But that explains why the guy who had a blood alc. level of .24 and slammed into a car, killing one and critically injuring another on Oct. 30 is still walking around free. And still living it up, according to acquaintances. So, what if he climbs into another car drunk as a skunk and kills someone else? I would really avoid being on the streets after 2 a.m. people!
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      by SNA on Dec 31, 2011 at 06:31 AM in reply to Sara
      Have you read about the arrest of the under-21 driver that had twice the legal alcohol content and killed another driver in front of several witnesses? Nope. Not yet.
  • by tallahassee Location: tallahassee on Dec 30, 2011 at 01:45 PM
    it took 2 ppl to do this not just one. anyone check her B.A. level or see what came back in her system?yep easy to palce blame on someone you don't even know.
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      by Tallahassee II on Jan 2, 2012 at 05:41 AM in reply to tallahassee
      Well Tallahassee, lets hope that he gets the same net sentence she did. Death.
  • by Proctor for Elections Supervisor Location: Tallahassee on Dec 30, 2011 at 12:39 PM
    The legislature will probably pass a law that makes driving with alcohol and cocaine in your system illegal. They might as well go ahead and ban killing students wanting to ride on a bus too. At least it is still permissable for 3 grown men to beat a 18 year old girl as long as they only break one leg and they do it at FSU too.
  • by Taylor on Dec 30, 2011 at 06:16 AM
    This is sad for both familys what was her blood alcohol level and did she also have cocaine in her system. He did not make her go with him and to ruin a young persons life is not right punish him but do not send him to jail for something that was both their decision.
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      by Friend on Dec 30, 2011 at 01:58 PM in reply to Taylor
      He deserves to be in jail. This was the SECOND time he was in an accident involving bodily harm and driving under the influence. Yes, she could have chosen not to go with him, but he could have chosen NOT to drive in the first place. It doesn't matter what he alcohol level was, or if she had cocaine in her system, she is no longer here. Don't judge the dead.
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        by Terri on Dec 31, 2011 at 05:15 AM in reply to Friend
        Why NOT judge the dead? You, obviously, have no problem casting stones.
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          by Friend on Jan 10, 2012 at 10:57 AM in reply to Terri
          You're right, I have no problem casting stones at him. He killed my friend. I'm sure you would be just as angry and upset as all of us are if this had happened to your friend.
  • by larry on Dec 29, 2011 at 09:28 PM
    his parents did not raise him right and hers did not teach her any sense to go for ride with drunken druggie
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      by Boland on Dec 30, 2011 at 05:15 AM in reply to larry
      Baloney, you can teach your kids to be productive members of society but in the end, they make their own choices and that's what it's all about. Stop blaming all parents for the choices the kid makes.
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        by ALly on Dec 30, 2011 at 07:35 AM in reply to Boland
        it sounds to me that he blammed thier parents not ALL of them
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      by tallahassee on Dec 30, 2011 at 01:47 PM in reply to larry
      at almost 6'2 200 pds you think 0.090 is a drunken druggie? thats one beer ....... think before you speak
  • by Brenda on Dec 29, 2011 at 06:08 PM
    What was the alcohol and cocaine level of Amber?
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      by TLH on Dec 30, 2011 at 05:45 AM in reply to Brenda
      What does it matter SHE wasn't the driver he was! No law again being a drunk passenger
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        by me on Dec 30, 2011 at 07:34 AM in reply to TLH
        becasue she could have chosen not to get in the car with him. He's not a villan just some one that made a dumb decision and so did she... RIP young lady
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        by Marie on Dec 30, 2011 at 03:45 PM in reply to TLH
        Maybe you're right that her alcohol and content do not matter. SHE made the decision to get in the car. .09 is probably a lot less than Lisa Brown has on a "non-drinking" day.
  • by Yep on Dec 29, 2011 at 03:30 PM
    You see guys and gals, crime doesn't pay. Really don't understand how dumb people are that gets into situations like this, stealing, etc. These criminals must read Dummies for Dummies.
  • by Ammon Brothers Band Location: Tallahassee on Dec 29, 2011 at 01:37 PM
    He she be sentenced to drive Bus C for the Marching 100 at FAMU. A perfect combination!
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Dec 29, 2011 at 03:19 PM in reply to Ammon Brothers Band
      That would be cruel and unusual, and so we can't do this.
  • by feel for him. one mistake can run your whole life. Location: ga on Dec 29, 2011 at 12:42 PM
    dang 2011 people still drink and drive with the lawysthey way they are?
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