A Clay County teenager who led law enforcement on a high-speed chase, ending with the death of a Northview High School student was released on bond Monday.
Putnam County Circuit Court Judge Matthew Headley set bail for Cody D. Wright, 18, Brazil, at $10,000 with a $1,000 surety bond Monday. Wright's parents posted the surety bond after the hearing.
Wright is facing charges of resisting law enforcement and criminal recklessness, both Class B felonies.
Putnam County Prosecutor Timothy Bookwalter said a pretrial has been scheduled for Jan. 25, 2008.
"The bottom line is, he took a life, he broke a law, in my opinion," Bookwalter said.
On Tuesday, Wright's attorney, Edward McGlone, said he was waiting for more information from the state regarding the case.
"The next step for us is to get the discovery information from the state," McGlone said, "and see what evidence the state has."
On Nov. 17, Wright was "clocked" at 117 mph in a posted 45 mph speed zone near Putnamville. He was then clocked at 129 mph further west on United States 40 near the Clay/Putnam county line by Indiana State Police officials.
According to law enforcement officials, Wright was seen locking up his vehicle while turning on the county line.
Traveling south on County Road 500 East (CR 900 West in Putnam County), he was clocked at speeds of approximately 85-90 mph. Wright then lost control of his vehicle on a small hill south of CR 875 S. The vehicle went up an embankment and became airborne before striking a tree.
Wright's passenger, Brandee N. Siples, 17, Brazil, died as a result of the crash. Autopsy results determined that Siples had died from massive head trauma.
"What gets forgotten is we have a young lady that's dead," Bookwalter said. "There's a price for that."
During Monday's proceedings, McGlone, Terre Haute, said the 18-year-old should be free on bail due to the frequent treatment he would be receiving as a result of his injuries from the crash.
McGlone told The Brazil Times Tuesday that Wright was seriously injured as a result of the accident and that a top priority was getting him back to good health.
Bookwalter said Wright appeared in court Monday wearing a neck brace.
It has been documented that several of Siples' family members have said they did not want Wright charged.
But Bookwalter has a different view regarding the situation.
"Just to say, 'don't charge him,' that creates a dangerous precedent," he said. "He's either going to have to plead guilty or go to trial."
McGlone, however, said he believed the families' desire to not press charges should have been considered.
"I wish that the state had respected the wishes of the victim's family," he said. "I think they've suffered enough."