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Hall woman found innocent in traffic fatality
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A Hall County jury found a woman innocent of charges related to a single-car wreck that killed her roommate in 2009.

Carol Leanne Chapman was found not guilty late last week of first degree homicide by vehicle, DUI and reckless driving in the death of Elisha Sue Smith, 26, of Clermont.

Defense lawyer Bill Hardman argued Chapman was not driving the sports utility vehicle when it crashed.

Prosecutors relied mainly on the testimony of the car's other occupants - David A. Parker, Joshua W. McIntyre and Joseph K. Oliver — who said Chapman was the driver.

Chapman denied their accounts on the witness stand.

On May 8, 2009, the SUV belonging to Chapman's family member crossed the center line at a high speed, left the road and flipped several times on Clarks Bridge Road near Trinity Methodist Church.

Everyone in the SUV was ejected during the crash.

Smith died at the scene.

An emergency room doctor testified Chapman had "maxed out" on amphetamine and also tested positive for opiates and marijuana.

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