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Sentencing In Fatal Accident Delayed

Last updated on Tuesday, October 22, 2013

(BROWNSTOWN) - The sentencing hearing for a Scott County man who pleaded guilty to causing death while driving under the influence of a controlled substance has been delayed.

19-year-old Garan A. Terrell, of Austin, had been scheduled to be sentenced Friday in Jackson Circuit Court in Brownstown for his role in the death of 17-year-old Danika Collins of Seymour on the morning of Sept. 16, 2012.

That sentencing hearing date was changed to 9 a.m. Dec. 12 by Senior Judge Bill Vance at the request of Terrell's attorney, William Darwin Dillon of North Vernon.

Garan pleaded guilty to one count of causing death while driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

He is facing up to four years in prison under a plea agreement with the Jackson County prosecutor's office.

Terrell was arrested last fall in connection with the death of 17-year-old Danika Collins, of Seymour, following a wreck on Seymour's far west side.

Terrell pleaded guilty to the one charge, causing death when operating a motor vehicle with a Schedule I or II controlled substance in the blood. Two other charges, including reckless homicide, were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

The crash involving a car and a parked trailer owned by Seymour Police Department left Collins dead and two others injured.

Seymour Assistant Police Chief Craig Hayes says Collins, died from blunt force trauma to the chest. She was a front-seat passenger in a car driven by Terrell, of Brownstown.

Terrell was taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, where he was treated for minor injuries and released.

A back-seat passenger, 18-year-old Tanner Payton, of Seymour, who suffered facial injured was flown by helicopter to University Hospital in Louisville and has since recovered.

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