Derek Dewitt sentenced to 85 years in prison for causing a crash that killed a 15-year-old deaf girl

Girl, mom struck in May 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - A man who claims he had a psychotic episode before mowing down a mother and daughter with his SUV, killing a 15-year-old deaf girl, has been sentenced to 85 years in prison.

Derek Dewitt told investigators he "saw something evil" before swerving and hitting Tina Boozer-Carter and her daughter, Dawn Boozer-Carter, as they raised money for the Indiana School for the Deaf near Kessler Boulevard and 56th Street in May 2010.

He told witnesses, "Yeah, I (expletive) hit them. They (expletive) dead now, ain't they?"

Dawn Boozer-Carter, who was a student and athlete at the school, died days after the crash. Her mother, who is also deaf, has recovered from her injuries.

Dewitt, who claimed he hadn't taken his schizophrenia medication before the crash, was found guilty of murder and attempted murder.

He apologized for causing the crash at his sentencing hearing.

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