Driver Arrested in Conner Boulevard Fatality Case

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

[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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