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Father could face more charges for role in death of daughter and her boyfriend

Melissa Berkley. Source: Facebook Melissa Berkley. Source: Facebook
Tony Berkley, Sr. Tony Berkley, Sr.

An Ohio county father could soon face additional charges for his role in a wreck that caused the death of his daughter and her boyfriend.

21-year old Jerry Goodman of Owensboro died on Monday at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville.

His autopsy lists his cause of death as "respiratory arrest" resulting from "anoxic brain injury" and "drowning."

The Ohio County Sheriff's Office says 18-year-old Melissa Berkley passed away over the weekend at the University of Louisville Hospital due to injuries suffered in that Thursday crash.

Those who were closest to Melissa Berkley say family was very important to her. Her mother tells 14 News that was especially true when it came to her young nephews, whom she called her babies. That's why Melissa "Faye" Berkley says the loss of her daughter "Missy" is even more difficult.

"She's gonna be missed, you know? She's a sweet little girl. She didn't hurt nobody," Faye said. 

Missy's absence is already noticeable to her family.

"Everywhere we were at, she was there, you know? I'm gonna miss her when she comes over, sit on my lap," Faye said.

Investigators tell 14 News this all started with an argument between Melissa and her father, Tony Berkley, Sr.

Deputies say Melissa later called 911 saying her father was chasing her and her boyfriend, Jerry, on Kentucky 878 near Kentucky 69.

Officials say the vehicle carrying Melissa and Jerry went off the road and overturned into a nearby pond.

"EMS was able to revive them and bring them back and they held on for a few days," said Detective Timothy Hatfield with the Ohio County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office says Tony was arrested on two counts of wanton endangerment. Officials say more charges are likely.

"Not everything's clear, totally so far, and it's still an open and active case," Hatfield said.

While authorities continue to review evidence, Missy's mother says she's just trying to heal.

"She was my life," Faye said. 

Missy's funeral is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in Beaver Dam.

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