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Woman arrested for DUI manslaughter in connection to fatal crash in Taylor County

The wrong-way accident left one dead, two seriously injured
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Posted at 7:28 AM, Nov 11, 2019
and last updated 2020-02-27 11:34:28-05

TAYLOR COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — The Florida Highway Patrol has arrested a woman in connection to a head-on crash on U.S. Highway 19 that left one dead and two seriously injured back in November 2019.

On Wednesday evening, the Florida Highway Patrol along with Traffic Homicide Investigators served a felony arrest warrant on 34-year-old Katie Odessa Wimberly of Mayo, Florida.

FHP says the accident happened on Nov. 10, where 33-year-old Verity Coghill was killed and a couple was seriously injured.

FHP says Wimberly crashed while driving the wrong way on US 19 in Taylor County.

Wimberly was arrested and transported to the Taylor County Jail. She is being charged with DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide.


ORIGINAL STORY:

Troopers say a Tallahassee woman is dead and two are seriously injured after a crash in Taylor County.

According to Florida Highway Patrol, the accident occurred Sunday at 9 p.m. on U.S. Highway 19 in Taylor County.

FHP says Verity Coghill, 33, of Tallahassee was driving on Highway 19 in the inside lane north of Slaughter Road.

Katie Wimberly, 34, of Mayo was also traveling south on Highway 19 when she crashed into the front of Coghill's vehicle.

Due to the impact of the crash, Wimberly's vehicle then rotated counter-clockwise until coming to a final stop on the side of the road.

Troopers say Coghill's vehicle rotated clockwise then overturned onto its left side before coming to a final stop.

Coghill was airlifted to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced deceased.

Wimberly and the passenger from Coghill's vehicle were both transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital with serious injuries.

At this time, it is unknown if alcohol was a factor in the crash. Charges are currently pending against Wimberly.

The Florida Highway Patrol was assisted by Perry Police Department, Taylor County Sheriff's Office, Taylor County EMS, and Taylor County Fire Rescue.

Authorities say the crash is pending investigation.