The driver in the fatal wrong-way wreck that took the life of a Warrick County teenager Tuesday faced preliminary court hearings.

Osiel Marroquin, 18 of Evansville, was charged after he was found to be intoxicated in a wreck resulting from him driving the wrong way on S.R. 62 where he collided with a car driven by Whitney Winstead, 20 of Boonville, who was also found to be operating a vehicle with a schedule I or II substance. A passenger of Winstead's vehicle, 15-year-old Skylar Robinson-Williamson was pronounced dead at the scene. Another passenger, 18-year-old Megan Ripperdan, has been in and out of consciousness after being in a coma for two weeks after the wreck.

In the preliminary hearings, Marroquin was read his rights and was appointed representation by Martin and Martin law firm. In its first appearance Tuesday afternoon, the firm requested 30 days for the opportunity to gather information about the case. As a result, the court scheduled a progress hearing for Friday, Feb. 24 at 8:30 a.m. The court also set a cut off day of March 3 for the lawyers to add any new evidence.

Marroquin has been charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person, causing serious bodily injury when operating a motor vehicle with an ACE of .08 or more, causing death when operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, causing death when operating a motor vehicle with an ACE of .08 or more, reckless homicide and operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a prior conviction. The charge of OWI with a prior is a level 4 felony while the remaining charges fall as level 5 felonies.

Marroquin is being held at the Warrick County Jail without opportunity to post bail due to a federal Immigrations and Customs Enforcement hold.

Wyatt Squires is a staff writer for The Standard. Before coming to Warrick, Wyatt has worked as a reporter in Jackson, Greene and Knox counties in Indiana.

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