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Goshen man charged for deadly 2009 crash is a familiar face in Oldham courtrooms

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River Road crash killed his then-girlfriend, a Crestwood teen

By Jacquelyn Stoess Hack

A Goshen man now faces a murder charge two years after a deadly DUI crash on River Road that killed an 18-year-old Crestwood woman.
And he's no stranger to courtrooms in Oldham and Jefferson counties. His  most recent arrest in Oldham County stems from an incident in a strip-mall parking lot when police had to strike him with a Taser weapon three times.
Cody File, 20, of Goshen, is due in court today for his first appearance on a murder charge for the death of Caroline Minks on May 15, 2009.
Investigators recently discovered File was behind the wheel of a Chevy Malibu speeding down River Road about 10:30 a.m. that day when the vehicle flipped several times and ejected both File and Minks, his girlfriend at the time.
Minks died at the scene, and police could not determine which occupant was driving at the time of the crash.
Police reports show File's blood alcohol registered more than three times the legal limit, and investigators now have evidence that places him behind the wheel.
The vehicle failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the roadway and struck both a utility pole and fire hydrant before going airborne. Police said show the vehicle overturned several times, and the momentum carried the vehicle through a small brick wall and a fence.
The vehicle landed on top of a Mercury Marquis before it finally came to rest in a parking lot at 6301 River Road in the area of Cunningham's Creek Side.
At the time, Louisville Metro Police would not identify File as he didn't face charges related to the crash.
Minks was a member of Middletown United Methodist Church. She had attended South Oldham High School since ninth grade, but left SOHS in February 2009 and enrolled in a high school outside of Oldham's district, according to school officials.
File is no stranger to alcohol- and drug-related charges, nor is he a stranger to criminal charges involving a significant other.
Three months before the deadly crash that claimed Minks' life, OCPD arrested File for possession of marijuana, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia.
LMPD has arrested File on numerous other charges since.
This summer, OCPD arrested File after he severely bit his girlfriend and attempted to evade officers in a strip mall parking lot.
Bystanders discovered File assaulting his girlfriend mid-afternoon July 1 in Crestwood Station. Officers stunned him twice with a Taser weapon after he refused arrest and began to flee, according to police reports. 
File was handcuffed and again stunned with a Taser after he attempted to break a rear window in the police cruiser, according to police reports.
"It was the most we've ever had to Taser someone," said Lt. Col. Billy Way, who is now retired. According to police reports, the presence of alcohol in File's system rendered the Taser less effective.
The female victim was taken by EMS to Baptist Northeast Hospital in La Grange and treated for bite marks and a broken jaw. File ripped an earring from the victim's left ear and bloodied her left knee and elbow, according to police reports.
His next court appearance in Oldham County is a pretrial conference Feb. 9.
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