5:03 PM EST, December 6, 2012
SEYMOUR, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say the 18-year-old driver of a car that plunged into a southern Indiana river faces a reckless homicide charge because he was speeding and driving recklessly at the time.
Tyler Ross of Seymour also faces a misdemeanor count for never having obtained a driver's license before the crash Wednesday that killed 17-year-old Booke Hawn of Seymour. She was found dead inside the car after it was pulled from the East Fork of the White River a few miles southwest of Seymour. An autopsy was planned to determine the cause of death.
Conservation officer Jim Schreck says Ross and a 19-year-old male escaped the vehicle by smashing windows.
Ross was being held on $10,500 bond at the Jackson County Jail, where records did not list a defense attorney.