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Havana woman charged with vehicular homicide in Tallahassee crash

Tallahassee woman charged with vehicular homicide in April crash
Posted at 10:48 AM, May 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-10 12:36:53-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A Havana woman has been charged with vehicular homicide in connection to a fatal crash on Old Bainbridge Road in late April.

Angela Cauley, 45, was taken into custody on Wednesday.

According to a probable cause document, the Tallahassee Police Department was dispatched to the area of Old Bainbridge Road and Pullen Road about a single car crash on April 28. 

When they arrived, they car was inoperable and one of the rear passengers was unresponsive and bleeding. That passenger was transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital with severe head injuries.

Sadly, the passenger was later determined to be "brain-dead" with no chance for recovery and was pronounced deceased by hospital staff. 

Documents say that when police spoke to the driver, Cauley, they noticed an odor of alcohol coming from her person. Her pants were unbuttoned and she appeared to have urinated on herself.

Cauley refused to participate in Field Sobriety Exercises, according to the documents, so she was detained under the suspicion that she was driving under influence.

She was also transported to the hospital to be medically cleared.

Through an investigation, police were able to determine that Cauley was going more than 20 miles over the 25 MPH speed limit when the car crashed.

Evidence at the crash indicated that Cauley's car traveled off the road and across the center of the round-about on Old Bainbridge Road before crashing into a utility pole.

Police later spoke with a second rear passenger in the car, who said he was Cauley's boyfriend. He said that they had been at a friend's house earlier that night where Cauley had consumed one or two "wine-cooler" type drinks before leaving to get on the road.

When police interviewed the owner of the home, she stated that Cauley was drinking a quart bottle of a pre-mixed alcoholic drink before the group left.

Based on the investigation, Cauley was charged with vehicular homicide. A warrant was issued for her arrest on Monday. 

Cauley was taken into custody on Wednesday and remains in jail, as of Thursday, on a $5,000 bond.