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Update to the Fatal Accident in Pendleton County

Date of News Release: 06/09/09

(Dry Ridge, Ky.) -- Through investigation, the Kentucky State Police obtained an arrest warrant for Mr. Daniel Gabbard, 40 years of age, of Butler, KY, and executed today by Ohio authorities upon release from the University of Cincinnati Hospital. Kentucky State Police believed alcohol was a contributing factor to the crash yesterday. Mr. Gabbard has been charged with the following; Ct.1: Wanton Murder, a Class A Felony punishable by 20 years to life in prison, Ct. 2: Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol and/or Drugs, First Offense (Aggravating Circumstances), punishable by 30 Days in Jail and a $500.00 fine, and Ct. 3, Operating a Commercial Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol or Other Controlled Substance punishable by 30 Days in Jail and a $500.00 fine. Mr. Gabbard is currently lodged at the Hamilton County Justice Center with a bond set at $250,000 and is currently pending extradition back to Kentucky to face the above mentioned charges.

Original News Release Below:

Date of News Release: 06/09/09

(Dry Ridge, Ky.) -- On Monday, June 8, 2009, at approx 1833 hours Troopers from the Kentucky State Police in Dry Ridge responded to a two vehicle collision on US 27 just north of Butler in Pendleton County. Daniel Gabbard was traveling southbound on US 27 while operating a 1998 International semi truck. Doug Wright was traveling northbound on US 27 in a 1990 Buick Riviera. Mr. Gabbard crossed the center line and struck Mr. Wright's vehicle in the northbound lane. Doug Wright was pronounced dead on scene by the Pendleton County Deputy Coroner, Gerald Mudd. Mr. Gabbard was transported from the scene by the Pendleton County Ambulance Service to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. This incident remains under investigation by Trooper Chad Mills and Detective Scott Lengle.

Doug Wright was the Commonwealth's Attorney for the 18th Judicial District.

The Kentucky State Police was assisted on scene by the Campbell County Emergency Management, the Northern KY Hazmat Team, Falmouth Police Department, Pendleton County Sheriffs Department, Butler Police Department, Butler Fire Department, Pendleton County Emergency Management and the Pendleton County Ambulance Service.

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