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Police: Suspects lied about their role in fatal crash
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BUFORD, Ga -- A high speed race between five friends ended when one of them was killed, run over by his friends. Now police say they caught the four survivors in a lie and have even charged one of their parents with tampering with evidence.


Gwinnett County Police
said the accident happened on April 26, 2014 at about 2:38AM. Brandon Gaylor, 24, of Buford, was driving a motorcycle when he was struck from behind by another vehicle. A second car struck Gaylor while he was lying in the road.

It happened on Duncan Creek Road where the posted speed limit is 25MPH. Police said the race reached speeds of 55MPH.

Donnie Gaylor, the victim's father, said he knew his son's friends were not telling the truth about what happened. "I just know that it was hard enough dealing with my son's death and then dealing with all the lies behind it," he said.

Police said Gaylor and four friends were coming from a restaurant in Flowery Branch and driving to Gaylor's house. They said all five were racing and Gaylor was leading the way when he slowed to pull into his driveway.

That's when Jennifer Schoeppler, 25, who was driving a 2

What happened next is what upsets Gaylor's father. Police said Titis Newsome, 24, helped Gretzinger hide her 1995 Honda Civic after the crash. The remaining two drivers, Andre Daniels, 20, and Schoeppler re-arranged their vehicles before police arrived.010 Ford Fusion, hit Gaylor and knocked him off his bike. Gaylor was lying in the middle of the road when his girlfriend, Noelle Gretzinger, 24, struck him and killed him.

"And they're worried about jail?" Gaylor's father asked. "Whatever you're facing it's a moment in time, my sons life is over."

After police left the scene, police said Gretzinger and her father, Gary Woodruff, 52, retrieved her Honda Civic and hid it behind Woodruff's house.

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Gaylor said Woodruff told his daughter to get her car fixed and tell the insurance company she hit a deer. "A grown man and he's willing to put my son off as a carcass in the road, a deer," he said. "That bothered me more than the lies."

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Woodruff is charged with Tampering with Evidence and Obstruction of a Law Enforcement Officer. His daughter is charged with 1st Degree Vehicular Homicide, Reckless Driving, Racing, Speeding, Following Too Close, Hit and Run and Tampering with Evidence.

Jennifer Schoeppler and Andre Daniels are charged with 1st Degree Vehicular Homicide, Reckless Driving, Racing, Speeding and Following Too Close. Titis Newsome is charged with 1st Degree Vehicular Homicide, Reckless Driving, Racing, Hit and Run and Tampering with Evidence.

Gaylor said if the roles were reversed he would have made his son tell the truth. "It took away from me grieving for my son to deal with all the lies and other stuff and that's what bothers me the most," he said.

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