Andrew Lyle believes that he is haunted by the ghost of a police officer that he is responsible for killing. This week, he speaks out about the deadly crash that happened four years ago. It was a few short minutes that changed his life forever.
On February 19, 2009, a 16-year-old Andrew Lyle, stole his parents car after an argument with them. The teenager drove around for hours eventually falling asleep in the parking lot of his high school. Lyle woke up shortly before sunrise and headed back home. While driving to his house, Lyle crossed over into oncoming traffic and crashed head-on with an unmarked police car. The driver, Hernando Sheriff's Captain Scott Bierwiler, was killed instantly.
Bierwiler, a 42-year-old father, had a great career and was expected to become the next sheriff. But all of that ended on Powell Road in Brooksville, Florida.
Toxicology tests revealed that there were no signs of alcohol or illegal drugs in Lyle's system. He was in a coma for two weeks and suffered from broken vertebrae, ribs, and both ankles. After getting out of St. Joseph's Hospital, Lyle was charged with third degree murder and spent nine months in jail, eventually being released in June 2011.
Since Lyle didn't have permission to take the car, state prosecutors pursued felony grand theft and murder charges against the teen. Lyle, who had a clean record was facing 15 years in prison under Florida state law.
"I wish I could take it back, it's something I have to live with, and I take full responsibility for it." A haunted Lyle tells Tampa Bay Times.
Lyle hopes to put this mistake in his past and work on putting the pieces of his life back together.
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