Putnam County Prosecutor Timothy Bookwalter told The Brazil Times Cody D. Wright, 18, Brazil, is scheduled to appear in Putnam County Circuit Court for a pre-trial conference around 9-9:30 a.m.
On Nov. 17, Wright was "clocked" at 117 mph by Indiana State Police troopers in a posted 45 mph speed zone near Putnamville. Further west on United States 40, Wright's vehicle was clocked by another trooper traveling at speeds of 129 mph near the Clay/Putnam county line.
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), Wright 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 several trees.
Passenger Brandee N. Siples, 17, Brazil, died from massive head trauma as a result of the crash.
Wright was charged with resisting law enforcement and criminal recklessness, both Class B felonies.
Putnam Circuit Court Putnam County Circuit Court Judge Matthew Headley set bail for Cody D. Wright, 18, Brazil, at $10,000 bond, 10 percent allowed. Wright's parents posted the bond after the hearing.
Although some have urged leniency in the case, Putnam County Prosecutor Timothy Bookwalter has consistently said the case has to be followed through to its completion.
"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."