Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Marchman Act Blog: A Sanford woman dies after night of drinking, drugs

A Sanford woman who died while sleeping with her boyfriend on the patio of his DeBary home had been drinking vodka and snorting Xanax, Volusia County sheriff's investigators said Monday.  When his girlfriend of three months collapsed on the patio early Sunday, John Banning thought she was just drunk, sheriff's investigators said.So he went into the house, grabbed a couple blankets and lay down next to the 21-year-old woman to sleep. But when the 40-year-old Banning woke up at 9:25 a.m. and kissed Cristina Tuttle's face, he knew something was wrong, sheriff's investigators said.


Banning called for help and DeBary fire paramedics pronounced Tuttle dead at 9:33 a.m., a report shows.
The Sheriff's Office has labeled the death "suspicious" and is investigating.  According to a sheriff's report, Tuttle came to Banning's Bayou Vista home Saturday and both were drinking vodka into the early morning hours Sunday. Banning said Tuttle was snorting the anti-anxiety medication Xanax.

16 comments:

Ryan said...

her name was crystal tuttle by the way. she was my best friend

Marchman Act Attorneys said...

I am truly sorry to hear about your loss. I have received your call and will get back with you today.

Anonymous said...

I was one of Crystal's friends from MS. It has really affected everyone over here in a big way. She is loved and will be always be missed. It is a shame that her life was cut short. Someone I know talked to her mother and she said that there was evidence that she was strangled and that the body was moved. Does anyone know anything about that? RIP Crystal...

Marchman Act Attorneys said...

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Marchman Act Attorneys said...

Sadly, it is posts like those above that remind me in my work, on a daily basis - of how precious life is and how quickly and tragically one can lose their life when drugs or alcohol are involved. It is the families and friends of those that pass who are left behind to deal with the pain, grief and the one main question surrounding a young person being taken so quickly: "How could this have happened". Or, in more serious cases "Who ultimately caused this death".

I wish you all my deepest sympathies. I have posted my direct line in the prior post as I have counseled families experiencing similar experiences in the past. Furthermore, I would like to offer our on-staff family therapist at this time at no cost in order to assist you all in dealing with the difficulties loved ones commonly experience at this early stage of grief and most difficult period. The grief and trauma issues that are currently (and, clearly) being experienced concern me. Again, my deepest sympathies to you all.

Raymond G. Ferrero III, Esq.

Mallory said...

I knew Crystal in Middle school before i moved to Texas.. i pray for her family and for her close friends, she was too young.. and i know alot of ppl in OS loved her.. Ill keep yall in my prayers

brittany besancon schmidt said...

I spoke to crystals mother and her cousin bobby who is taking care of a lot of stuff for crystals mom because obviously she is trying to cope,, he said that the medical examiner released her body to be creamated and it could take 8 more weeks for the offical medical examiners report to be released! crystal might have been snorting xanax and drinking,, but you can bet that the 40 year old man who " grabbed blanketts to sleep with her on the patio" was obviously on something to sleep on a patio in the heat of the summer rather than picking her tiny body up and putting her to bed like a man should have. No one knows what really happened that night except GOD and he will not let this crime go unpunished if there was foul play,,

RIP Crystal Faye <3

Anonymous said...

i miss you every day crystal!!! i remember all the light you shined on my life and i thank you for that!!! i will love you alway!!!

kelsey k

Marchman Act Attorneys said...

We are very interested in speaking with this young woman's family, when the family is ready.

ryan said...

crystals dad wonders what you would have to say

Marchman Act Attorneys said...

I believe you contact me on July 03, 2010, asking what if anything could be done due to the "suspicious" circumstances surrounding her passing. More so, some of the above posts suggest foul-play. In circumstances where the police are not pursuing a particular investigation as strongly as a family may like, Florida wrongful death statutes allow for such scrutiny of the incident by the family. At the time you called, I did not advise you of this option.

Rose said...

I miss you Crystal. I just dont know why this happened to such a wonderful person that was so full of life. You truly were one of kind. We will all miss you until we see you again. Save that little party corner in heaven for us because you know we will all be there to join you one day!

Anonymous said...

I miss you Crystal,it is true the good die young and you even told me one day you felt as if you would die young. But this is just too young and just know you're in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

I am looking for funeral information and Crystal's obituary. Does anyone have any information?

Anonymous said...

So heres the deal...you all talk as if you didnt know Crystal WAS an alcoholic. She had battled this lifestyle from an early age. Anyone that spent any amount of time with her.. knew this. I only knew her for 6 months but the time i spent with Crystal I got to know her very well. I thought that she was a beautiful , intelligent and caring person.But ..She had demons that she fought everyday..thats where the alcohol steps in. I witnessed how much Vodka she would consume in one night and then pass out. and do it all over again the next day. Anyone that truly knew her shouldnt really question how this could happen. The autopsy reports will show years of abuse on her poor soul and that was the leading cause of her death. On a side note...The person who wrote about the man who grabbed blankets and couldnt pick her tiny body up..well he couldnt bcuz he has a broke hand and pelvis from an accident two weeks prior to this. Crystal and I actually spent all night in the hospital with him when it happened . but regardless of that ..it was her time and the same scenario would of played out wherever she was that night. so please do not speak of things that you have absolutely no idea about. There is always more to the story than anyone knows keep that in mind. Crystal was with Jonny bcuz she was happy and loved being with him. he made her laugh and treated her like the wonderful woman she was.

Anonymous said...

For those of you that love Crystal as you do, let this be a strong message to you of what life is living with alcohol and drugs. She did not plan this but what ever happened was a direct cause from abuse. Whether it was Johnny or the booze, it was because of booze that this happened. Don't be the next victim of drugs and alcohol. Let her be a light that shines for life and not death. Everyone should be praying for Johnny, he needs help and so do the families of Crystal. Her little body is resting while the demons still create havoc on the families.