• Family grieves for young teen one year after killed by woman high on cocaine

    By: Bridgette Matter , Action News Jax


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    Hunter Cope, 12, was walking to school with friends March 6, 2017, when he was struck and killed at the busy intersection of Wonderwood Drive and A1A.

    Police say the driver was Kelley Permenter who is facing a DUI manslaughter charge while under the influence of cocaine and alcohol.

    The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says Permenter left a hit-and-run scene before hitting the 12-year-old.

    Public records show Permenter is a habitual traffic offender.

    She's been cited in the past for unlawful speed, disregard of traffic signals and making loud noises in her car.

    One year later Cope’s loved ones returned to the scene to leave balloons to remember him.

    His mother, Crystal Clark Valentine, says even though time has passed, coping with the loss of her son isn’t getting any easier.

    “I would just wish she (Permenter) would have a little remorse and that’s hard," said Clark Valentine

    One of Hunter Cope’s closest friends, Luke Shepard, remembers losing his friend.

    “I didn’t think it was real, when I was driving to school it was still happening and somebody said it was a kid named Hunter, I didn’t believe it," said Luke. 

    Permenter is due back in court in April.

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