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Jailhouse interview with teen suspect in deadly crash

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Reckless homicide suspect Tyler Ross talked about the deadly crash to WAVE 3 from behind bars. Reckless homicide suspect Tyler Ross talked about the deadly crash to WAVE 3 from behind bars.
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The area of the White River in Jackson County where the deadly crash happened Wednesday night. The area of the White River in Jackson County where the deadly crash happened Wednesday night.
Diane Seeley said she can't forgive Ross for causing the crash that killed Seeley's daughter. Diane Seeley said she can't forgive Ross for causing the crash that killed Seeley's daughter.

JACKSON COUNTY, IN (WAVE) - A southern Indiana mother is desperately searching her heart for forgiveness but says she just can't find it after her losing her teenage daughter in a watery crash on Wednesday.

Brooke Hawn was killed when the car she was riding in plunged into the White River in Jackson County.    

"I just want my baby to come back home," said Diane Seeley. "I miss her so much. She was my whole world. My heart was just shattered."

When she woke up Wednesday morning, Seeley had a daughter who was just days from her 17th birthday, a daughter who loved to draw and write poetry. When Seeley got home Wednesday night, Brooke had already left.

"She just said she'd be back in a little bit," Seeley said.

From behind bars, 18-year-old Tyler Ross, who called himself Brooke's boyfriend, said Brooke was in his passenger seat Wednesday night.

Ross said he was going too fast on a gravel road. "The car started to sliding," he said. "I went to correct it, overcorrected it. I hit a rock, flipped the car."

Investigators said Ross should not have been driving because he has never had a license, and he wasn't just going too fast.

"(There was) maybe a little horseplay, fishtailing, that kind of thing on the gravel," said Jackson County Sheriff Mike Carothers.

Ross said once the car crashed, it slid into the river and sunk quickly.

"I tried to grab Brooke and help her out, but I couldn't get her out of the seat, so I went up," Ross said. "Helped my other friend, the guy that I was with, out of the water, and when I got him out of the water, I went back down, but I couldn't get to the car. The water was too cold, and I couldn't breathe. I'm sorry. I did not want this to happen ever."

Seeley said she hopes Ross truly means it, but right now, she can't forgive him.

"He can't bring my baby back," Seeley said. "He can't make my little girl walk through that door again. He just can't. There's nothing he can do that will ever bring my life back to me."

Ross is charged with reckless homicide. If he's convicted, he could spend up to eight years in prison.

The coroner's office says Brooke died from a combination of her injuries from the crash, drowning and hypothermia.

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