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Family of man killed by Franklin deputy files lawsuit

Posted July 9, 2008

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— The family of a man struck and killed by a deputy’s patrol car has filed a lawsuit against the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

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

The family claims Mitchell was negligent when she hit Coppedge. They are seeking more than $10,000 in damages.

Mitchell was traveling more than 10 miles over the speed limit and her lights were not on when she hit Coppedge, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

The Highway Patrol’s report also showed that 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.

The Highway Patrol investigated the crash and no charges were filed against Mitchell. She was reinstated.

Franklin County paid for Coppedge’s funeral.

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  • CrewMax Jul 10, 2008

    Your opinion of this victim reveals your contempt of the general public. Near retirement?

  • Trublue in Wake County Jul 10, 2008

    The matter at hand has nothing to do with "pedestrian" rights-of-way, and everything to do with the fact that the deputy was driving over a posted speed limit, or it would not have been mentioned in the article. Culpible negligence is going to be very hard to prove in this one. The deputy was doing what all of us behind the badge are charged to do - patrol and investigate - hence her distraction at a group of men in front of a store, at the same time - Mr. Drunk steps out in the road and gets hit - while on his way to the store, to get more booze no doubt. Moral of the story? Don't drink and walk in the road way. This is no different if any other motorist had struck him. LEO's out of habit routinely drive over the speedlimit? why? when you call us do you want us to take our sweet time or get to you.

  • CrewMax Jul 9, 2008

    I hope not. Truth will out.

  • leo-nc Jul 9, 2008

    Sorry people, the deputy is not at fault in this wreck, even if she was speeding. The pedestrian was in the roadway, and did not have the right of way. End of story. There really isn't anything to argue about. I would venture to guess the suit would be thrown out.

  • CrewMax Jul 9, 2008

    They gave an autopsy to someone hit and killed by a car?

  • Common Sense Man Jul 9, 2008

    "They gave a blood alcohol test to a dead man?"

    They call that an autopsy.

  • CrewMax Jul 9, 2008

    They gave a blood alcohol test to a dead man? Was the officer
    given one, too?

  • Common Sense Man Jul 9, 2008

    How can you misread a one sentence response?

  • Common Sense Man Jul 9, 2008

    "WOW! Thanks for clearing that up for me! Typical LEO cocky attitude.

    I misread your response to begin with. I was just implying that pedestrians do not always have the right of way, like many of them think they do. I don't know how many times I've had to slow down, stop or creep because of people thinking they own the street and won't move."

    I wasn't being cocky. My post was straight to the point. How am I to know if you understand what the definition of an intersection is?

  • moorecs Jul 9, 2008

    at an intersection (where two roads meet) - Cookie Me Elmo

    WOW! Thanks for clearing that up for me! Typical LEO cocky attitude.

    I misread your response to begin with. I was just implying that pedestrians do not always have the right of way, like many of them think they do. I don't know how many times I've had to slow down, stop or creep because of people thinking they own the street and won't move.

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