Driver in fatal southern Indiana wreck released from prison early
JACKSON COUNTY, Ind. (WDRB) -- A man who caused a fatal car wreck less than three years ago is out of prison sooner than expected.
Tyler Ross was released from prison Sunday and family members of the victim say they have already seen him near the crash site in Jackson County, Indiana.
Several times each week, James Hawn comes to the White River to find solace. It's the water that took his daughter's life.
"Brooke was my best friend really. She was my youngest daughter," Hawn explained. "The only thing I can think about is Brooke. Always will."
The site is as close as he can get to his daughter. Brooke Hawn was killed when 18-year-old Tyler Ross was driving high and crashed the car into the river in Jackson County, Indiana in Dec. 2012.
Ross never even had a driver's license. He was sentenced in the spring of 2014. Under Indiana law at the time, prosecutors explain that his six year sentence translated into three.
"Brooke is no longer with us and yet Mr. Ross gets to go out and have more life. And to them, that must feel devastating," said Jackson County Prosecuting attorney AmyMarie Travis.
She says Ross got credit for time served and got out even earlier than expected for completing a program in prison.
"Better decision making through a faith-based and spirituality program," she described.
Brooke's family had no clue that Ross would be out less than three years after the wreck. Family members say they saw him near the crash site Monday.
"I don't think he needs to be around here, here or Brooke's grave spot," said Hawn.
"If I could take it back I would," Ross told WDRB in 2012. "If I could trade her spots right now, I would."
Brooke's dad says Ross does not know half his pain that he will always carry.
"As much as I don't like him, I don't even wish for him to feel what I felt through all this," said Hawn. "It'll never go away -- always have something missing."
Ross will be on supervised probation for a year.
"He would have to report to his probation officer as often as they tell him to," explained Travis, "and usually at least once a month. They also can have their home searched at any time, they also have to take a drug test. His specifically required him to take an alcohol and drug evaluation for whether or not he'll need more treatment."
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