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Attorney: Car owner involved in fatal crash had ride home

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Trevor Bradshaw, 23, was behind the wheel at the time of the crash. Trevor Bradshaw, 23, was behind the wheel at the time of the crash.
Erin Brown, 21, is also charged with vehicular homicide. Erin Brown, 21, is also charged with vehicular homicide.
Tommy Allen, left, and Michael Brooksher were hit in the early morning hours of December 10, 2011. Tommy Allen, left, and Michael Brooksher were hit in the early morning hours of December 10, 2011.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A Nashville woman whose car struck two pedestrians last December resulting in both their deaths was offered a ride home that night but refused, testimony during a preliminary investigation for Erin Brown revealed Thursday.

Brown's boyfriend, Trevor Bradshaw, was behind the wheel at the time of the crash.

The 21-year-old is also charged because she let Bradshaw, 23, drive her car.

Brown was seated in the front seat when her SUV hit Michael Brooksher and Tommy Allen as they crossed Demonbreun Street in the early morning hours of December 10.

Brooksher, 22, died two days later.  Allen, 23, passed away earlier this month from complications from his injuries.

Police said Bradshaw ran from the scene following the collision, leaving an injured Brown behind.

Timothy Gunther was at a nearby restaurant and witnessed the crash.

"I looked up and saw two people flying in the air, the car swerving, going over the median, hitting a sign and then colliding with a taxi cab," he recalled.

Gunther told the courtroom he watched Bradshaw get out of the car and try to leave the scene.  He and a friend chased him down.

"He kept repeating, ‘Oh my God, I'm scared. I don't know what to do. I've been drinking. I'm drunk, let me go, I've got to get out of here,'" Gunther explained.

Bradshaw and Brown are both charged with vehicular homicide, which alone can carry an 8-12 year prison sentence, among other charges.

The pair, who is currently free on bond, appeared in court for Thursday's hearing.

Testimony revealed the couple had been at a Christmas party earlier in the night and were offered rides home from several people.

Instead, prosecutors argued Brown gave her keys to her boyfriend.

"She knew he'd been drinking," Metro police Det. Jessie Loy said. "She gave him the keys anyway. She provided Mr. Bradshaw with a means to operate the vehicle."

"It's a tragedy," defense attorney Rich McGee told the court. "Some families have been wrecked. She's a very nice lady who is going through terrible, terrible time. She feels so bad for victims and their families."

The case was ultimately bound over to the grand jury.

While it is rare for a vehicular homicide charge to be filed against a vehicle owner who wasn't driving, Susan Niland, spokesperson for the Davidson County District Attorney General, said the case isn't the first.

In 1999, Loyal Robbins pleaded guilty to facilitating aggravated vehicular homicide after letting a drunk driver get behind the wheel of his van.

Robbins was a front seat passenger when Jimmy Millican ran a red light in front Amerigo's restaurant on West End Avenue and crashed into another car, killing Alex Haught.

Haught was one of Vice President Al Gore's top staffers.

Millican had a blood alcohol content three times the legal limit and was later convicted of vehicular homicide.

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