Blake Coombs in court

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A 19-year-old man who in 2020 crashed his car during a southern Indiana police chase that resulted in the death of two teens was sentenced to prison Tuesday.

Blake Coombs pleaded guilty to two counts of reckless homicide and resisting arrest resulting in a homicide. On Tuesday, he was sentenced to 16 years. 

According to court documents, Coombs, who was 18 at the time, admitted he was trying to flee from a Madison Police officer who was trying to pull him over for a traffic stop a little before 4 p.m. on Jan. 9, 2020. 

Coombs said he lost control of his vehicle on State Route 256 in Madison, and it left the road and crashed into two utility poles.

His two passengers — 18-year-old Tyler Cooley and 19-year-old Brooklyn James — were killed in the crash. 

Cooley was a senior at Southwestern High, and James was a senior at Madison Consolidated High School.

"She was just telling me all this stuff that she wanted to do and now she won't be able to do that," said James' grandmother, Ruth Shipman. "... I won't get to see her walk down the aisle; I wont get to see anything." 

Coombs was badly injured in the crash and had to be airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital. He has been in custody since the crash. 

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