Austin Man Pleads Guilty To Causing Death While Under Influence

Austin Man Pleads Guilty To Causing Death While Under Influence


A Scott County man pleaded guilty Friday to one count of causing death while driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

Garan A. Terrell, 19, of Austin, faces 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 a teen dead and two others injured.

Seymour Assistant Police Chief Craig Hayes says that  Collins, died from blunt force trauma to the chest.

She was a front-seat passenger in a car driven by 18-year-old Garan 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. According to a hospital spokeswoman Payton is listed in serious condition.