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20-year-old pleads not guilty to deadly DUI crash

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Cody File during his arraignment on Feb. 4 Cody File during his arraignment on Feb. 4
Caroline Minks (Source: Mandy Minks) Caroline Minks (Source: Mandy Minks)
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By Katie Bauer - email | bio

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A mother is speaking out after the man police say caused her daughter's death, answers to murder charges. 18-year-old Caroline Minks died in a drunk driving crash in May 2009. Police now say the driver that night was 20-year old Cody File, who pleaded not guilty in court Friday morning.

For Mandy Minks, there's not a day that goes by when she doesn't think about her daughter.

"I miss her saying 'Oh mamma', rolling her eyes at me, hearing her stereo going, or just to hear how her day went," said Minks.

On May 15, 2009, police say Caroline and Cody File were in her 1998 Chevy Malibu on River Road. Court documents show File was speeding when he lost control. Both teens were thrown from the car. Caroline died and File went to the hospital, that's when he told police he wasn't driving.

"I was so angry because she would have never done that," said Minks. "She loved that car babied it, and she didn't speed in that car, she didn't do nothing."

File's blood alcohol was .27, more than three times the legal limit.

"Based on his arrest record, that wasn't the first or the last time, he's been charged DUIs," said Lt. Doug Sweeney with the Louisville Metro Police Department.

Since that day, Louisville Metro Police have been investigating.

"All the work that we've done is to place him as the driver of the vehicle on that day," said Sweeney. "It seemed to take longer than normal in this situation, but there was a lot to go through, we had a lot of individual things we wanted to test."

Police say evidence proves File was behind the wheel. On Feb. 3, he was charged with murder, wanton endangerment, and criminal mischief. The next day in court, File was crying as a judge read his arrest warrant aloud.

"You drink by choice, nobody forces you to do that," said Minks. "You drive by choice, nobody is going to make you drive that car, therefore she was killed by choice, she was murdered."

File does have multiple prior arrests. His next court hearing is Feb. 14.

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