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Deputy Was Speeding at Time of Fatal Pedestrian Accident

Posted January 18, 2008

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— A Franklin County sheriff's deputy was traveling more than 10 miles over the speed limit when she hit and killed a pedestrian, the North Carolina Highway Patrol said Friday.

Deputy Crystal Mitchell was on a non-emergency call New Year's Eve when she struck and killed Marcus Coppedge, 23, on N.C. Highway 39 in Ingleside.

A Highway Patrol report also showed Coppedge was intoxicated at the time.

Franklin County Sheriff Pat Green said Mitchell was distracted by a group of men gathered in front of a nearby convenience store at the time of the accident.

Mitchell remains on paid administrative leave.


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