Thomas was tested for alcohol and drugs, but he said they aren’t suspected as a factor in the crash.
The investigation will also look at whether Thomas was distracted while driving, he said, but that could also be difficult to determine.
“We are not pursuing charges at this point,” he said, “but we’re also not ruling them out.”
Two witnesses saw the crash and gave statements to police, he said.
The section of U.S. 40 where the crash happened isn’t lit, Bauer said, and has a speed limit of 55 miles per hour.
“It is a rural roadway,” he said. “It is not lit so it is very dark.”
It’s common for the area, said Ron Brown, who owns a bed and breakfast down the street from where the crash happened.
“For the most part we expect that in a more rural setting,” Brown said.
Crashes aren’t common on the road, he said, but he uses caution when pulling out of the business because of the high speed of drivers.
“You have to watch and you have to gauge the people and that they’re coming a little faster than they normally are in the city,” he said.
Family members of Brightman couldn’t be reached on Thursday. Calls to Thomas weren’t returned.