JACKSON COUNTY, IN (WAVE) - Court documents reveal the two survivors of a deadly car accident first tried to blame the victim, Brooke Hawn.
The 17-year-old was laid to rest on Tuesday in Jackson County. Tyler Ross, 18, is behind bars charged with reckless homicide.
On top of reckless homicide and operating a vehicle without ever receiving a license, Ross now faces false informing.
Ross was driving Hawn's car. Brett Sparks, 19, was in the back seat. Court documents reveal Ross and Sparks initially told investigators that Hawn was driving, but they would both later admit Ross was in fact the driver.
Ross told investigators that he was "drifting" or sliding the car sideways and fish tailing before the car crashed and plunged into the White River near Seymour.
Last week from behind bars, Ross explained what he says happened next. "I tried to grab Brooke and help her out, but I couldn't get her out of the seat so I went up," said Ross. "I 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."
According to the documents, Sparks told investigators prior to the crash he remembers Hawn telling Ross at least twice to slow down. He said that he was scared and Hawn seemed terrified.
"I just want my baby to come back home," said Diane Seeley, Hawn's mother. "I miss her so much. She was my whole world. My heart was just shattered."
Court documents also show Ross and Sparks admitted to investigators that they broke into a car the day of the accident and stole a bottle of pills. Investigators discovered they also stole a handgun because it was found in the glove box of the crashed car.
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