Woman arrested for DUI crash on Killarney Way that left man dead

Published: Jan. 12, 2019 at 9:40 AM EST
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By: Lanetra Bennett | WCTV Eyewitness News

April 9, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A Tallahassee woman is charged with DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide. The charges stem from the death of a man on Killarney Way on January 12.

Nikoleta Koikos was at the scene from the very beginning.

Police say when they first arrived, she kept falling asleep while they were questioning her. Her eyes were glassy, watery and bloodshot and she had droopy eyelids.

Court documents say officers couldn't do a field sobriety test at the time, but they eventually got enough evidence to file charges.

Killearn residents and those driving through the area remember the scene well.

"It was very sad. Very, very sad," Tallahassee resident Tamara Gedeon said.

Residents knew a man's body was found lying on a main street in their neighborhood, but most didn't know the details behind his death.

Arrest documents say Koikos is responsible for running over the victim with her car.

"Oh, how do you live with that? Oh my gosh, to know that they had a relationship. Wow. I don't know how she waited so long to turn herself in," Gedeon said.

Court documents say a man was driving Koikos' silver Jeep Liberty while she sat in the passenger seat. The couple had stopped by a friend's house in Killearn.

Koikos reported that while the victim was driving, she argued with him about leaving her sitting in the car for 30 minutes while he was in the friend's house.

The report says he stopped the car and got out, and Koikos climbed over into the driver's seat. The victim grabbed onto the window, but Koikos kept driving.

Koikos reported to police that she thought she ran over the victim's foot, but he was dead when she turned the car around and found him lying on the ground near Foley Drive.

Delbra Percy passed by the scene hours later on her way to work that morning.

She said, "I was more upset with the fact that the body was still in the street and they had not covered it up. So, that was a little disturbing to me."

The autopsy says the victim was dragged as Koikos drove away. After he fell and hit the ground, the rear tire ran over him.

"To know that this gentleman, his life just ended that quickly," Gedeon said.

Authorities say they took their time with the investigation.

"There's a lot of things to look at in a case, even when we have a potential suspect that's on scene. We would rather have all of that evidence evaluated and presented to the state attorney in a thorough form, than rush to make an arrest," said Officer Rachelle Denmark with the Tallahassee Police Department.

By: WCTV Eyewitness News

Updated- April 9, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Tallahassee Police Department has made an arrest in the January death of a man at the intersection of Killarney Way and Foley Drive.

Around 5:30 a.m. on January 12, authorities arrived at the intersection to find a woman crying in the middle of the road, holding what appeared to be a body in her arms. Officers confirmed the male victim was deceased.

The woman, later identified as 36-year-old Nikoleta Koikos, told police she was arguing with the victim as they drove down Killarney Way. According to arrest documents, the man got out of the vehicle and Koikos climbed into the driver's seat to take control of the car.

Koikos told investigators the man grabbed onto the driver's side window as she was pressing on the gas pedal to speed away. The rear tire of the car ran over the man's body, causing fatal injuries.

Officers said Koikos seemed impaired immediately following the crash, and a Leon County paramedic took a sample of her blood at the scene. Tests revealed Koikos had methamphetamine, amphetamine and lorazepam in her system.

Koikos turned herself in to the Leon County Detention Facility on Monday. She is facing charges of vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter.

By: WCTV Eyewitness News

January 14, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Tallahassee Police Department has released new information regarding a death over the weekend near Killarney Way and Foley Drive.

Police said Monday, "After further investigation, it was determined that this isolated incident was a result of a traffic crash involving a pedestrian. There is no immediate threat to the public and TPD is aware of all parties that were involved."

It is still an active investigation and Traffic Homicide Investigators are continuing to process evidence collected from the crash scene. They are urging anyone who may have information about the crash to please contact them at (850) 891-4200 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS.

Due to Marsy's Law, police are not releasing the name of the deceased victim.

By: WCTV Eyewitness News

Updated - January 14, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Tallahassee Police Department is continuing to investigate a death over the weekend near Killarney Way and Foley Drive.

Investigators were called to the scene Saturday morning and assumed the investigation.

Police confirmed Monday that a vehicle appears to have been involved in the incident.

TPD is asking anyone who did not speak with an officer on scene, or anyone with information about the incident, to please call (850) 891-4200. They may also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS.