KENTON COUNTY, Ky. (FOX19) - One of the drivers involved in a fatal wreck Wednesday evening in Taylor Mill was under the influence of narcotics, according to Commonwealth Attorney Rob Sanders.
The collision took place around 5:15 p.m. near the intersection of Pride Parkway (KY 16) and Old Taylor Mill Road. A white passenger car -- going southbound on the parkway -- went over a grass median before hitting an SUV traveling northbound. Sanders says the driver of the white car, Yakema Buckley, 39, of Independence, Ky. was under the influence of narcotics at the time of the incident.
“That Cadillac crossed a raised, center median into oncoming traffic and was T-boned by a Chevy Suburban coming the other direction. The Cadillac was occupied by two people, one of which was Yakema Buckley, who was the operator. I anticipate Kenton County police will obtain a warrant some time shortly. Investigators are meeting with other prosecutors in my office as we speak. He was transported to UC Medical Center for treatment and we hope to have him in custody once he’s released from the Medical Center," Sanders said Thursday. "He is also no stranger to our criminal justice system.”
Yakema Buckley and his passenger, Crystal Buckley, 39, were hospitalized after the collision. Crystal Buckley died as a result of her injuries at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
The driver of the SUV and his two young passengers -- ages 1 and 11 -- were taken to St. Elizabeth (Edgewood) where they were treated and later released. The family says the father has neck injuries and a possible concussion, and the 11-year-old suffered a broken foot. They say they are thankful the 1-year-old wasn’t hurt.
Yakema Buckley has previous convictions for possession of heroin and robbery.
He is now facing murder and assault charges. He will remain at the Justice Center until he’s extradited back to Kenton County. If he is convicted of murder he could spend 20 to 50 years or life in prison.
Any witnesses to the wreck are asked to call 859-392-1943.