DENVER – A man who pleaded guilty in April to second-degree murder and felony menacing in connection with a deadly October 2016 crash in which he was driving 135 miles per hour has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Tyler White, 27, was driving his Dodge Challenger 135 miles per hour on Colorado Blvd. in a 35 mile-per-hour zone near Interstate 25 on Oct. 10, 2016 when he crashed into a car driven by 28-year-old Ariel Berryman and then into several other cars.
Berryman died after being transported to a nearby hospital.
White fled the scene of the crash and was found hours later in City Park. According to police and prosecutors, fishermen called police after they spotted White dancing in the middle of the lake’s park. He swam back to shore, where he collapsed before the fishermen called police.
Police analyzed the car’s computer and found that less than a second before White collided with Berryman, his accelerator was 100% open and he was driving 134 miles per hour.
Police wrote that White “demonstrated through his driving actions an attitude of universal malice manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life.”
In addition to the 30-year sentence, White will also pay $9,500 in restitution, according to the Denver District Attorney’s Office.