Engaged couple dies in crash

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A Marshall County couple that was engaged to be married died as a result of a one-car crash early Saturday morning at Interstate 65 Exit 37, State Route 50 between Lewisburg and Columbia.

Lloyd L. Copeland II, 28, of Lewisburg, was driving the 2006 Mazda owned by his fiancee Jillian Garrett, 29, who's address was listed by the state as Lewisburg, onto the northbound off-ramp at 1:58 a.m. when the car failed to o around a curve, Highway Patrol Dispatcher Jennifer Goodwin said.

The car overturned approximately three or four times, Goodwin said. Trooper Chad Smith was the investigating officer.

Garrett was the director of finance for the Duck River Watershed Agency. It's offices are on Depot Street in Shelbyville. It exists to protect water quality and supply in five counties including Marshall, Bedford and Maury counties.

Garrett was a 1997 graduate of Marshall County High School. Copeland graduated from Cornersville High School in 1999. She graduated with honors from Tennessee Technical University in Cookeville. He'd attended Tennessee Tech, but his bachelors and masters degrees were from the University of Alabama at Huntsville. He was a second-year law student at Loyola University College of Law in New Orleans, La.

Joint visitation was Tuesday at Lawrence Funeral Home in Chapel Hill where services are at 1 tis afternoon. Burial for both follows in Swanson Cemetery, Chapel Hill.

Born July 27, 1979 in Marshall County, Garrett had an apartment at the home of her mother and step-father, Lynnise and Ricky James of Chapel Hill.

A native of Panorama City, Calif., Copeland was the son of Lloyd and Jo-Ann Copeland of Lewisburg.

Tuesday morning, a Critical Incident Response Team led by Sgt. Michael McCalister of the Tennessee Highway Patrol's Nashville office was taking measurements and making other records for an accident reconstruction report at the crash scene because of the fatalities, THP Radio Operator Kevin Payne said.