Driver in fatal wreck could face more charges - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Driver in fatal wreck could face more charges

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Police say the man who crashed a car into a river, killing his girlfriend inside, initially tried to blame her for the wreck.

Tyler Ross is now charged with giving police false information on top of reckless homicide and driving without a license -- he never had one.

Police documents show Tyler Ross and another passenger, Brett Sparks, initially said 16-year-old Brooke Hawn was driving last Wednesday when her car crashed into the White River. Hawn died in the wreck, but police say Ross was actually the driver.

The two men later admitted that Ross was in fact driving, and purposely swerving the car when he lost control. Sparks told police that he remembers Brooke was terrified, and asked Ross to slow down. Ross says he remembered Hawn yelling and screaming when the car flipped over. He says he tried to get her out of the car when it was underwater, but couldn't get her out of the seat.

He says she was still moving around while they were under water. Ross and Sparks were able to escape. Seymour Police are now investigating after a stolen handgun was found in the sunken car. It was reported missing from a jeep that Sparks says he and Ross stole pills from the same day of the wreck.

Tuesday, a judge entered a not-guilty plea on Ross's behalf. In an interview with WDRB days after the wreck, Ross said he feels responsible and wants to plead guilty.

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