published Monday, May 10th, 2010

Hamilton County: Investigation continues into death of Baylor student in crash

Hamilton County Sheriff’s investigators continue to look at an early Sunday morning wreck that killed a Baylor student.

Shipley Buckner died as a result of a crash at the 9600 block of Hixson Pike at 12:53 a.m. Sunday, according to sheriff’s spokeswoman Janice Atkinson.

The incident was a single-vehicle crash, she said, with “preliminary information showing that the driver of the 2002 GMC Denali lost control in the curve, hitting the guardrail and then a tree.”

The Denali struck the tree on the passenger side, she said.

The driver, Courtney Rhodes, 18, was transported to Erlanger hospital for injuries following the accident.

Ms. Rhodes’ name is no longer listed with hospital information, according to an Erlanger spokeswoman.

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pokesallet said...

I would like to know why the 200 ft section of rd where this crash took place was repaved within 3 days of this accident if there was an investigation underway. I doubt its because the rd was damaged as they stopped short of where the vehicle crashed and only repaved the area where skid marks would have been. I would also like to know why the Hamilton county sherrifs department only deems it neccessary to patrol the area heavily, as they have been since this crash, after a well to do family loses one of its members. There have been many crashes and several deaths in that very curve of course none of them had high powered daddys or were Baylor students. Its a tragic event no doubt and my prayers are for the family but there are many questions that still need answering.

May 17, 2010 at 10:52 p.m.
maggie11990 said...

It has now been confirmed that the investigation has been closed. Authorities have concluded that Miss Rhodes did not commit any traffic violations, nor was alcohol or drugs a factor the night she was lost control of her suv in a single-car accident at two a.m., killing Miss Buckner. Pokesallet, you are very wise. Most of the people in our town simply choose to "look over" accidents such as this. Pretty ignorant if you ask me. Courtney Rhodes did indeed come from a family with money. The road should not have been repaved. Miss Rhodes should not be out free right now, she should be in jail for vehicular homicide. Since you were the only person who commented, you were the only person with suspicions and concerns, you were the only one smart enough to demand answers, I will give them to you. Courtney Rhodes and Shipley Buckner had consumed quite a lot of alcohol that night. Courtney lost control of her car because she was too intoxicated to drive. After she lost control, she climbed onto the back of one of the firefighter's at the scene and announced she and her friend "shippy" were drunk. She was laughing. Shipley died moments later. Courtney was taken to the hospital with minor injuries and they ran a tox screen just like they do in most single car accidents at two o'clock in the morning. What you will not find in the articles are the results of the tox screen. She was wasted. She had good money and an even better attorney with several "family connections." She murdered her best friend. Anyone else would get a life sentence for this crime. The power of money sure is a big one. I do not know Courtney nor did I know Shipley. I was just curious about this as well, and I have "connections" myself. I even spoke with the woman who took Courtney's blood the night of the wreck. Money saved her. For the police officers, district attorneys, and all involved who know the "real version" may your conscious forever haunt you. May it eat at you, every single day of your life until you are rotting in hell for all of eternity. Sick bastards.

April 2, 2011 at 7:15 p.m.

The comment posted by Maggie11990 is completely and utterly false. This person is obviously ignorant of the situation as a whole, and does not realize that legal action could be taken if this comment is not removed.

April 9, 2011 at 2:07 p.m.
jill4315 said...

pokesallet, you are correct. This was a VERY TRAGIC accident and prayers need to be with BOTH families. Maggie11990, in this post alone, you have shown the world your ignorance! You openly admit that you DO NOT know either Courtney nor Shipley, yet you still make ASSumptions of what took place during this tragic accident and feel that YOU and "your connections" are adequately informed and able to give the CORRECT "answers." Obviously, You are not well versed in the HIPPA laws that both you and "your connections" have just violated! "There was just nothing to stand on as far as criminal prosecution." - Captain Charles Lowery, Hamilton County Sheriff's Dept. Captain Lowery also added "no alcohol or drugs were involved,the driver wasn't reckless, speeding or negligent." This was the conclusion of 11months of investigations. I pray that one day you are able to see past your ignorance and assumptions about this tragedy! This was an accident, a horrible tragic accident. BOTH families have been through more than you or I could ever imagine! The state of TN has finally put this to rest, I suggest you do the same!!!! May God Bless your soul

April 10, 2011 at 9:44 p.m.
ka76 said...

Excuse me,maggie11990 , but I will stand agreed with GodKnowsTheTruth, for that He does, and for which matter YOU do not. I could care very far less about your "so-called connections", if you will, rather, I have connections of my own, and her name is SHIPLEY ROSE BUCKNER, one of my closest and dearest friends. I knew Courtney as well, and you say she had the money and connections....but Shipley's family also certainly had both money and connections. Shouldn't you think that perhaps Jan and Ralph would have had the upper hand in such a situation as this? I do. You also say that you never knew those two girls. I DID. And one of the things that I will say about SRB is that she would NEVER succumb to drunk driving. We spent every summer together when I'd come home from college, and every time--My dear friend Shipley would come to pick me up. She didn't want me driving drunk, nor did she want me driving her drunk. And another thing that Shipley Rose would never do: step foot into a car to be driven by a drunk!! Shipley was careful. Also, Ship and Court snuck out regularly--during times that fell just close to midnight. Therefore, I would assume that the duo had left Rhodes' Hixon home sometime between 11 and 12. The accident occurred at approximately 12:53am, Maggie11990, which means that your "connection" was inaccurate in stating the time of the crash. I also have both money and connections, Maggie11990, and I know for a fact that the incident you've so poorly described is falsified. Courtney had NOT been drinking, or else Shipley would not have gotten into the car with her. Courntey turned her head to see what Shipley was doing in the backseat (changing her clothes) and before she knew it, she hit the tree, and my best friend was gone. When ambulances arrived, Courtney was trying to revive her dead friend. She was not drunk. And HOW DARE YOU SAY THAT RHODES MURDERED HER BEST FRIEND?? you are a moronic fool. I have known and loved Shipley Rose for years and years---and one thing that she ever wanted was the best for all. Shipley loved Courtney, and that is what really matters in any of this judgement. Shipley loved her, and would never wanting ANYONE to call Courtney a murderer.

May 4, 2011 at 2:30 a.m.
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