Man pleads guilty in Taylor Mill crash that killed his wife

Man pleads guilty in Taylor Mill crash that killed his wife
Yakema Buckley, 39, of Independence, Ky., was under the influence of narcotics at the time of the crash June 5, official say.

KENTON COUNTY, Ky. (FOX19) - A man pleaded guilty Thursday in connection with a car accident that killed his wife and injured two others in June 2019, said Commonwealth Attorney Rob Sanders.

Sanders says assistant attorneys are recommending a 15-year sentence for Yakema Buckley, 40, of Independence, Kentucky, who entered a guilty plea to manslaughter, assault, and wanton endangerment.

On June 5, 2019, Taylor Mill police were called to Pride Parkway near Lakewood Drive for a 2-vehicle accident.

Sanders says a Cadillac was t-boned by a Chevrolet Suburban after crossing a grass median into northbound traffic.

Witnesses told police the Cadillac had been operating erratically as it left Covington and was heading southbound into Taylor Mill, said Sanders.

Sanders says officers found Buckley behind the wheel of the Cadillac and his wife, Crystal Ann Buckley, in the passenger seat.

Urine test results show Yakema was under the influence of benzodiazepines, fentanyl, opiates, cocaine, and THC, Sanders said.

Yakema and Crystal were taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Crystal died as a result of her injuries, Sanders said.

The driver of the Suburban suffered minor injuries and an 11-year-old passenger suffered a broken foot. The second child in the car was not hurt.

Yakema is scheduled for sentencing on May 2.

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