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Wright to appear in court today

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

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Cody Wright
A Clay County teenager involved in a fatal high-speed chase, which ended with the death of a Northview High School student in November 2007, is scheduled to appear in court today.

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."


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I say charge him, his stupidity resulted in the death of his girlfriend. He shouldn't have ran from the cops, and he shouldn't of been going that fast on those types of roads for any reason.

-- Posted by NorthviewGirl on Wed, May 14, 2008, at 8:59 PM

I agree that there needs to be some accountability on this boy's part, however, I also believe that the wishes of Brandee's family need to be taken into account as well. This has been a horrible tragedy for everyone involved and something that this young man is going to have to life with for the rest of his life. I hope both families find comfort in the final outcome.

-- Posted by asil on Wed, May 14, 2008, at 10:06 PM

everyone makes mistakes when they are young. Who hasnt? In a split second he made a bad decision, it could of been any of us and in a different situation. He knows what he did and he has to live with that, let both families have peace, the girls family wishes should be considered as well.

-- Posted by jjen1212 on Wed, May 14, 2008, at 11:22 PM

This kid did something illegal and now it is time to pay the price in the criminal justice system. It's not up to the family to say.. charge or not charge...

-- Posted by BrazilScholarly on Thu, May 15, 2008, at 1:26 AM

I completely agree that it is not up to the family to decide this young man's fate. I have looked at this from an entirely different perspective since it happened. What if he would have hit another vehicle, or a pedestrian? I tend to believe the comments would have been a little different. I don't think very many individuals would have said what he did was a "mistake" or "bad decision," particularly if it were their family member. I am so sad for Brandee's family but we must look at this for what it is. This young man broke the law and the rule of law must be followed regardless of how the family feels.

-- Posted by timetomoveon on Thu, May 15, 2008, at 7:49 AM

It seems that this is not the first time that Mr Wright has been reckless with his driving. I believe those who want leniency for this young man have confused love and forgiveness with holding him accountable for his actions. Had his mentors and peers held him accountable for earlier actions, maybe this would have changed the outcome the day that he caused the death of Miss Siples. Many of us punish our children for unwise acts just as the justice system punishes those who break the law. This does not mean we don't love our children but that we want them to learn about consequences when they make bad decisions. Mr Wright needs forgiveness and love so he can go on to be productive in the community but he also needs to learn that each decision he makes in life will have certain results, both positive and negative. I don't think this has been driven home to him yet by the responses I've seen. Hopefully he will come out the other end of this ordeal a little wiser so he will make better decisions in the future and also realize that he can make better ones than he has in the past. Both he and the others he comes in contact with in life will all be the better for it if he can.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Thu, May 15, 2008, at 9:12 AM

Well said Jenny!!!

-- Posted by localgal on Thu, May 15, 2008, at 11:03 AM

I know he is being punished my having to live with what he did to his girlfriend. But he also needs to be accountable for his actions, and as a result someone died for it. I think he needs to go to court and be punished also, other wise it seems to me that he will think oh well I got away with it once and they didn't do anything about it so I can do it again.

-- Posted by sweetpeas on Thu, May 15, 2008, at 12:54 PM

This tragedy reached every corner of the county, and as we all sit and deliberate on what the outcome should be, I hope we all remember that this goes to prove that driving is a privelage. I do hope that his charges goes through but with a well meaning punishment. Prison would only ruin this young man, who despite his bad decisions has a chance for a bright future. He definately should lose his driving privelages for a very long time and when returned to him, he should not be allowed to have passengers for quite awhile. I know that he thinks of Brandy everyday and what his decision brought to her, her family and friends, but I pray that her love for him helps him heal and live life with great honor to her. My prayers go out to everyone close to this situation, but I do feel that things have to be pushed forward for him to not only remember his consequences but so he may truly respect the value of his own life and not just Brandy's.

-- Posted by Carlas_35 on Thu, May 15, 2008, at 3:01 PM

This is truly a tragedy for everyone involved. My opinion is that to send this young man to prison would be another tragedy, and the one only one that can still be avoided.

He is going to pay for this for the rest of his life by knowing that his poor decision led to this. But to send this young boy to prison would be the same as a death sentence for him. That's unjust in anyone's book.

I also think it's time look more closely at the wisdom of "high speed" chases if a crime of violence is not suspected. Once a license plate number has been acquired one would think an arrest could be made at a latter time with less danger to the officers, the public and the kids in the car.

-- Posted by bowman on Thu, May 15, 2008, at 8:01 PM

I just can't understand your thinking bowman. I totally agree with you that this is a extremely sad situation. But do you remember he was speeding before the police started pursuing him? At any time he could have killed anyone in his car or in his path. Are the police just to let a person tearing down the road for no reason just keep going till they kill someone? If he hit another car and the police reported they saw him but let him go, wouldn't everyone be crying out that the police were negligent? We are asking too much out of the men and women who serve in the police force if we expect them to have a crystal ball before they do their job.

Is there ever a reason to send anyone to jail for breaking the law in your view? Because I would bet everyone in prison has a family, made bad choices and does not want to be there. And above all I would guess they wish that saying, "I'm sorry" could fix things. I do wish it could be that way, that the sadness and consequences could disappear. But they just don't. If we are to live in a sane society we can't let everyone use the excuse of the day to get away with crimes that cost someone their life. Being young, saying everyone does it just doesn't wash. Maybe and I do hope it is true, that others young and old will remember they also will be accountable if they choose to drive reckless. Maybe if we all care about others and stop thinking we can do whatever we want, when ever we feel like it, tragedies like this would stop. I do feel bad for Cody. I do hope he finds forgiveness and after he serves his time a new life that has a good impact on others. But he does have a debt to pay.

-- Posted by localgal on Thu, May 15, 2008, at 9:25 PM

If this hadn't happened he would still be driving like a maniac ith Brandee. He is sad and sorry that he lost his girlfriend but also that he got caught.

I grew up in Brazil when two teens died (Lori Mershon and David Baysinger). The boy who drove the car that night drove crazily afterwards just as he did before the accident. He was never charged with anything. I am sorry, but if this kid got off scott free with no charges and no sentence, he would continue to drive like a maniac reaching speeds of 117 mph when NOT being chased by the cops. His girlfriend screaming and crying did not make him stop when this accident occurred....so what will? Charge and sentence. If not it is like saying, oh that person was really, really sorry when he murdered that other person....let's just leave it at that. It was a crime that he committed. More than one crime actually.

-- Posted by grewupthere on Fri, May 16, 2008, at 9:41 AM

Bowman; sending this 'young boy' to prison (maximum 4 years) doesn't even come close to being the same as a death sentence. You cannot just exceed the speed limit 84mph, run from law enforcement, end up killing another human and expect the law to just slap him on the wrist. If that happened no other prosecutor would be able to convict other criminals in the same situation. Law enforcement is not to blame either; they were just doing thier job, and the state police has strict rules when it comes to vehicle pursuits. He's lucky he got off with a weak plea agreement of a maximum 8 years in prison.

-- Posted by Pro Se on Fri, May 16, 2008, at 3:03 PM

Personally, I feel the plea agreement does not fit the crime. I know the family asked for leniency for Cody right after the tragedy of losing their beautiful daughter, but they were in such deep shock that they could not comprehend the truth that was staring them in the face all along. They were willing to give Cody the benefit of the doubt because they were sure that's what Brandee would have wanted them to do. I know that after having six months to process all of the facts as a result of Cody's poor decision and disreguard for Brandee's life that day, their view has heartbreakingly and realistically changed. Facing this has not been easy for them, I am sure, and in fact, many times it's had to have felt like losing Brandee all over again. The guilty plea may give them some closure, but in my opinion, Cody needs to be a man and face Brandee's family with the whole truth in order for any of them to have a chance to forgive and go on.

-- Posted by justiceforall123 on Sun, May 18, 2008, at 11:15 PM


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