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Man sentenced for his role in crash that killed two Indianapolis teens

Posted at 1:13 PM, Apr 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-05 13:26:13-04

INDIANAPOLIS—A 29-year-old Indianapolis man was sentenced Friday for his role in an accident that left two teenagers dead and three others injured.

Daniel Cannon is going to prison for six years, following his conviction late last year on charges of Criminal Recklessness and Leaving the Scene of an Accident.

17-year-old Taylor Parsons and 18-year-old Brandon Gross, both Ben Davis High School students, died on April 18, 2017 when their car flipped over several times on I 70 near South Harding Street.

Three other teens in the car were injured.

All five were ejected from the vehicle.

According to investigators, Cannon had been involved in an argument with the group of young people at a west side Indianapolis park.

The teens drove away and Cannon chased them onto I 70 where speeds reached 100 miles-per-hour.

Near Harding Street, the car went out of control and flipped several times.

Cannon then drove away from the scene.

“The defendant’s aggressive, reckless behavior and the tragic consequences will have a lasting impact not only on the victims’ families, but the entire Ben Davis school community," said Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry.

According to the prosecutor, Cannon returned to the scene of the crash but did not tell police he had been involved.

Instead, he asked questions to determine if authorities were aware of his role in the accident.

"The crash caused by the defendant resulted in the senseless deaths of two teenagers and severe injuries suffered by three others, yet he chose to deny responsibility after he saw firsthand the severity of the accident," said Curry.