On June 7, 2020, a vehicle “Toyota Rav 4” driven by Angelica Denise Ruffin was traveling southbound on Highway 157 when her vehicle collided with another vehicle “Nissan Frontier” driven by Randy Wayne Pope. Pope was accompanied by Tabatha Lynn Kilpatrick as a passenger. Ruffin was airlifted to a Huntsville Hospital where she was treated for her injuries. Pope was pronounced dead at the scene. Kilpatrick was transported to Cullman Regional Medical Center where she was treated for significant injuries that occurred during the crash.

Angelica Denise Ruffin has officially been charged and arrested with Murder-Reckless, Manslaughter-Reckless, Assault 1st Degree, and Assault 2nd Degree. Cullman Police Departments Traffic Homicide Investigator Joey Duncan said, “after a thorough investigation by the Cullman Police Department, a Grand Jury, has issued warrants for the arrest of Ruffin. I would like to thank everyone involved in the investigation process.”

Ruffin has already been involved in a lawsuit pertaining to the crash. The court filing stated Defendant Ruffin allowed or permitted a motor vehicle she was operating to collide with a motor vehicle being operated by Randy Wayne Pope. Pope was killed as a result of the collision. At the time of the collision, Plaintiff was a passenger in the vehicle operated by Pope and she suffered severe and permanent injuries. 

The complaint alleges that Ruffin was traveling at a high rate of speed while intoxicated, ran a stop sign, and violated other rules of the road when she caused the crash that killed Pope and injured Kilpatrick

Cullman Daily reached out to Kilpatrick’s attorney with Griffith, Lowry, and Meherg. “Tabatha would first like to thank all emergency personnel and the good Samaritans that came to her aide after the wreck.  

Our firm’s goal is to seek justice for Tabatha.  This wreck was the result of reckless behavior on the part of the defendant and has severely impacted Tabatha’s life.  As for the details of the wreck, the complaint filed speaks for itself.  

It would not be proper for us to comment any further as there is a pending criminal investigation.  We have no desire to overstep the diligent efforts of the Cullman Police Department’s Traffic Homicide Unit or the Cullman County District Attorney’s Office.

Under Alabama state law, any person who operates a motor vehicle on the public highways of this state who is involved in an accident that results in death or a serious physical injury to any person shall be deemed to have given consent to a test of his or her blood for the purpose of determining the alcoholic content of his or her blood or the presence of amphetamines, opiates, or cannabis. 

Arrest records are public information. Any indication of an arrest does not mean the individual identified has been convicted of a crime.  All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.



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