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Seymour man agrees to plea deal in fatal DUI crash

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Tyler Ross (far right) pleaded guilty to a DUI crash that killed 16-year-old Brooke Hawn. Tyler Ross (far right) pleaded guilty to a DUI crash that killed 16-year-old Brooke Hawn.

JACKSON COUNTY, Ind. (WDRB) -- A Seymour man will avoid a jury trail after taking a plea deal in a DUI crash that killed his girlfriend.

Tyler Ross admits he was high on drugs and behind the wheel during the crash that killed 16-year old Brooke Hawn in December 2012.

"It's all I can do just to keep my mouth shut," said James Hawn, the victim's father.

Ross agreed to a plea deal that could send him to prison for eight years, but the Hawn's family wanted more. 

"That is nothing for my daughter's life," James Hawn said.

Ross, Brooke Hawn and a third person were in the car when he crashed into the White River.

James Hawn accepts the plea deal, but he was hoping to learn more about what happened before and after the crash during a trial.

"At least we would know maybe a little bit more of all that went on that day," he said.

"I can't imagine the pain that he would be going through with the loss of a child and eight years isn't enough but that's what the law allows for under the circumstances in this case," said Jackson County Prosecutor Amymarie Travis.

Travis says under the plea deal, Ross could be sentenced to probation or home incarceration. 

"When someone doesn't have any prior convictions, their entire sentence could be suspended and [receive] probation but like I said, I feel that is highly unlikely."

Meanwhile, whether it's the maximum eight years or less, James Hawn says he'll be watching to make sure Ross doesn't violate the plea agreement once he's released.

"If we see him driving down the road, we'll report him," said James Hawn.

Ross will be formally sentenced next Wednesday.

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