UPDATE: Charges filed in crash that killed Commonwealth's Attorney


UPDATE: Charges have been filed against the semi truck driver who police say caused a crash that killed Commonwealth's Attorney Doug Wright.

Daniel Gabbard was arrested after his release from University of Cincinnati Hospital on Tuesday. He faces charges of wanton murder, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and operating a commercial vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other controlled substance.

He is in the Hamilton County Justice Center on a $250,000 bond awaiting extradition back to Kentucky.

Meanwhile, services have been set for Wright. His visitation will be Thursday, June 11 from 4 to 8 p.m. and funeral is Friday, June 12 at 2 p.m. Both are at the Trinity Southern Baptist Church in Falmouth.


A car crash has claimed the life of Kentucky's commonwealth attorney for the 18th Judicial District.

Doug Wright, 48, is the commonwealth's attorney for Pendleton, Harrison, Robertson and Nicholas counties. He died in a head-on collision with a tractor trailer on U.S. 27 just north of Butler in Pendleton County around 6:30 p.m. Monday night.

Police say the truck driver, Daniel Gabbard, of Butler, crossed the center line and struck Wright's car in the northbound lane.

Wright was pronounced dead at the scene. Gabbard was taken by ambulance to University of Cincinnati Hospital.

The 48-year-old prosecutor leaves behind a wife and two children. The crash remains under investigation.

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