Drunk driving charge in fatal crash into home

JAY COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) The man police say drove drunk into a home Friday night, killing a Jay County teenager, was formally charged Monday.

Seth Corwin in an undated photo. (Courtesy: Facebook)
Seth Corwin in an undated photo. (Courtesy: Facebook)

Bryce Paxson, 47, of Pennville was charged in Jay County Superior Court with a single count of operating while intoxicated causing death with a blood-alcohol content of .08 or greater, a level 5 felony. He entered a customary not-guilty plea and his bail was set at $20,000.

Police said Paxson was drunk when he missed a curve on East Largo Street in Pennville and slammed his F-350 pickup into the home of 16-year-old Seth Corwin Friday night as the teen was watching television. The impact killed Corwin, a Jay County High School student, and injured his 10-year-old stepbrother who was sitting a few feet away.

The Jay County Sheriff’s Department said Paxson’s initial blood-alcohol level was .175. According to a probable cause affidavit, Paxson’s blood-alcohol level was .141.

Paxson’s charge comes holds an advisory sentence of 3-6 years in prison along with a possible $10,000 fine.

A pre-trial hearing has been set for Jan. 5.

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