Truck driver sentenced after texting and driving fatal accident

Truck driver sentenced after texting and driving fatal accident

BOONE CO., KY (FOX19) - A truck driver accused of texting and driving that caused a fatal crash on I-71 in Boone Co. last year has been sentenced to 8 years in jail, but given credit for 10 months he's spent behind bars.

The judge ordered Christopher Thornhill to serve at least 20 percent of the entire sentence before he's eligible for parole. If paroled, he could be out at the end of the year.

Thornhill pleaded guilty to 12 charges including manslaughter, assault, tampering with evidence and a federal violation of using a cell in a commercial vehicle.

On Jan. 29, 2015, Thornhill's tractor-trailer was traveling north when he sideswiped an unoccupied Chevrolet Cavalier and lost control before crossing the median into southbound lanes and hitting two vehicles.

Mark Sevilla, from Lexington, Ky., was killed in the crash.

An investigation showed that Thornhill, from Darke County, Ohio, 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 accident.

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