Driver Charged in Fatal Accident

by Staff on July 21, 2010 · 14 comments

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Handcuffs and Jail Bars

The 21-year-old self-described “party animal” who was responsible for causing the accident that killed 31-year-old Gwen Sanders of Bedford was charged today in Monroe Circuit Court 3.

Judge Mary Ellen Diekhoff found today that probable cause existed to charge Bryce Michael Leighton, 2005 S Rogers Street, Lot 22, Bloomington in connection with Tuesday’s automobile collision in Bloomington.

Leighton was charged with a total of five counts:

  • Causing Death When Operating a Motor Vehicle with an ACE of .15 or More, a Class B Felony
  • Causing Death When Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated, a Class C Felony
  • Reckless Homicide, a Class C Felony
  • Theft, a Class D Felony
  • Knowingly or Intentionally Operating Motor Vehicle w/o Ever Receiving a License, a Class C Misdemeanor

He faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted on all counts.

A warrant for his arrest has been issued. Bond was set in the amount of $100,000 surety and $1,000 cash.

UPDATE 4:23pm:

A commenter on the Herald-Times, identified as “Justin Case”, wrote:

He had been at a party all night drinking with friends who were awaken by the police early this morning. He also stole the silver car he was driving and stole guns which were not found in the vehicle or anywhere at the scene. Prayers to this young ladies famiy and to her 4 month old daughter who will never really get to know her mother.

UPDATE 7:05pm:

The owner of the Pontiac Grand Prix that Leighton was driving reported that he caused a disturbance at a party in the 2600 block of South Leonard Springs Road and was asked by the residents to leave. She told Bloomington Police that he left on foot and did not have permissions to drive the car. It has since been reported stolen to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Leighton had a preliminary blood-alcohol content of .23 percent. He remains at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis and will be taken directly into custody upon his release.

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