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Police: Truck driver charged in fatal crash was texting

A truck driver was charged this week with causing a fatal January crash on southbound Interstate 71 in Boone County. (FOX19 NOW/file) A truck driver was charged this week with causing a fatal January crash on southbound Interstate 71 in Boone County. (FOX19 NOW/file)
Christopher Thornhill (Source: Darke County Sheriff's office) Christopher Thornhill (Source: Darke County Sheriff's office)
VERONA, KY (FOX19) - Charges were announced Thursday against a truck driver accused of texting and causing a fatal crash on Interstate 71 in Boone County earlier this year.

Christopher Thornhill faces 12 charges including manslaughter, assault, tampering with evidence and a federal violation of using a cell phone in a commercial vehicle, according to the Boone County Sheriff's Office. He is being held in the Darke County jail.

An investigation determined the Darke County, Ohio, man tried to cover up his texting at the time of the crash by falsifying his log and deleting several text messages from his phone following the Jan. 29 incident.

Lt. Tom Webster of the sheriff's Electronic Crimes Unit was able to retrieve them.

The accident closed the highway for several hours near the Walton exit and I-71/75.

Thornhill's 2009 Peterbuilt tractor-trailer was traveling north when he sideswiped an unoccupied Chevrolet Cavalier and lost control before crossing the median into the southbound lanes and hitting two vehicles head-on.

The driver of a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, Mark Sevilla, 45, of Lexington, Ky., died at the scene.

The motorist in the other car,  a Chevrolet SUV, suffered critical injuries and was airlifted to University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

All drivers wore seatbelts and airbags deployed, sheriff's officials have said.

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