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Cab driver charged in deadly crash

Charles Barlow Charles Barlow

FLOYD COUNTY, IN (WAVE) - The man police said is responsible for the crash that killed four in Floyd County is now in jail.

U.S. Marshals served a warrant on Charles Barlow, 32, of Louisville late Tuesday. Police said he is responsible for the Monday morning crash on State Road 111 near the Horseshoe Casino.

Barlow was released from University Hospital Monday and was taken to Louisville Metro Department of Corrections on Tuesday. A hold is being placed on him to bring him to Floyd County.

He's facing four counts of reckless homicide.

Mangled and burned remains of the taxi and Cadillac involved are at a salvage yard in New Albany.

Floyd County prosecutor Keith Henderson says the crash was no accident.

"This is four homicides," said Henderson. "This is vehicular homicide. We got four people that are dead that shouldn't be because the alleged act of one."

Thomas Stinson Jr., 60, of Louisville was the driver of the Cadillac.

Police said behind the wheel of the cab was Charles Barlow. He was off duty and had his friends Tara Hirsekorn, 39, Michael Roby, 31, and Laura Weigand, 24, in the cab with him, they were headed to Horseshoe casino.

Police said Barlow lost control of the cab, veered off the side of the road, over corrected and hit the Cadillac driven by Stinson head on. The cab burst into flames.

According to court documents, reconstruction of the accident showed that Barlow was driving more than 80 miles per hour.

State Road 111 is a two lane road and it was dark during the crash.

Police are waiting on blood samples to see if more charges will be filed.

Court documents said that while Barlow was at the hospital he smelled like alcohol and admitted he had been drinking before the crash.

Barlow will be in court on Wednesday in Louisville.

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