KUSA - The 25-year-old driver accused of killing a woman and leaving the scene has been charged with murder after investigators learned he was going 100 miles above the speed limit.
Tyler White’s car data recorder showed he was going 134 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone when he allegedly hit and killed 28-year-old Ariel Berryman the evening of Oct. 10. It happened after 6 p.m. off Colorado Boulevard and Interstate 70.
“White demonstrated through his driving actions an attitude of universal malice manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life and knowingly engaged in conduct which creates a grave risk of death to a person, or persons that caused death to Ms. Ariel Berryman,” court records read.
White’s Dodge Challenger collided with a Toyota Prius driven by Berryman. Her car collided with an Acura and crashed into a cement barrier, according to court records.
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Police say White kept driving, crashing into a street light and then a Volkswagen. This caused the Volkswagen to crash into a fence and an unoccupied Dodge van.
White then ran away, according to court records. The Tennessee license plate on his car led detectives to him and his family, who Denver Police detectives interviewed over the phone.
Police say White left was later found naked in the center of the City Park lake dancing on the statue near a fountain.
Two fishermen observed this and watched him swim ashore and collapse. They called 911.
According to the arrest affidavit, after his arrest, White told detectives, “I ain’t got nothing to say.”
9News Legal Expert, Scott Robinson says the murder charge is based on how fast White was believed to be driving at the time of the crash.
Robinson says, " there is no reason why driving 100 mph over the speed limit cannot be considered anything but extreme indifference to the value of human life."
Robinson says when an individual drives so completely out of control and at such high speeds a murder charge isn't unheard of in a case like this.
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