A commonwealth's attorney for four counties north of Lexington died Monday night after his car was struck by a semi-truck, the driver of which has been charged with wanton murder, Kentucky State Police said.
Doug Wright was pronounced dead at the scene by Pendleton County Deputy Coroner Gerald Mudd, state police said.
The collision happened around 6:30 p.m. on U.S. 27 just north of Butler in Pendleton County. Daniel Gabbard, 40, of Butler was southbound while driving a 1998 International semi when he crossed the center line and struck Wright's northbound 1990 Buick Riviera.
Because police think alcohol contributed to the crash, they have charged Gabbard with wanton murder, driving under the influence and operating a commercial vehicle while under the influence.
Gabbard was taken by ambulance to University of Cincinnati Medical Center, and was arrested Tuesday after he was discharged from the hospital.
He was lodged in the Hamilton County Justice Center in Ohio on $250,000 bond. He is expected to be brought back to Kentucky to face the charges.
In 2006, Wright was sworn in as commonwealth's attorney for the 18th judicial district, which includes Harrison, Nicholas, Pendleton and Robertson counties.
Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders said Wright was "a very laid-back guy, but yet he was very passionate about his work."
Sanders said he would sometimes seek Wright's advice on cases.
"The one thing about Doug is he was always very willing to help out another commonwealth's attorney," Sanders said.
Wright is survived by his wife, Judy, and two children, Rachel and Griffin.
Visitation will be Thursday from 4-8 p.m. and Friday 1-2 p.m. at Trinity Southern Baptist Church in Falmouth.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. at the church.