NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) – The man who was behind the wheel of a cab when it crashed early Monday killing four people has now been charged with their deaths.
During a press conference Tuesday afternoon, the Floyd County Prosecutors Office announced that Charles Barlow of Louisville is facing four counts of reckless homicide.
Barlow was the driver of a cab that was carrying three friends to Horseshow Casino when he lost control on Highway 111 and crossed the center line. Barlow's cab hit a Cadillac head on and burst into flames.
Barlow managed to get out of the cab, but his three passengers, Tara Hirsekorn, 39, Michael Roby, 31, and Laura Weigand, 24, all died in the fiery wreckage. The driver of the Cadillac, Thomas Stinson Junior, 60, was airlifted to University Hospital, but later died of his injuries.
Barlow, who was not on duty at the time of the crash, was also taken to University Hospital for treatment. He was discharged on Monday.
Floyd County officials said Barlow is not in custody and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. The prosecutor is waiting on blood samples from Barlow to see if any more charges will be filed.
According to court documents, speed was a factor in the crash. Reconstruction evidence shows Barlow was going more than 80 mph. Court documents also report that Barlow admitted to police that he had been drinking.
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