Investigators: Texting and driving caused deadly January crash

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VERONA, Ky. (WTVQ) – Police have arrested the driver of the tractor trailer responsible for January’s fatal crash, concluding the crash was caused by texting and driving.

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Christopher Thornhill of Rossburg, Ohio, was arrested on Wednesday, in Darke County, Ohio.

On January 29, Thornhill’s tractor trailer was traveling northbound when it sideswiped an unoccupied car on the side of the road, Officials say. He then lost control, and crossed the median, where he collided with two southbound vehicles.

 Lieutenant Tom Webster says they found in their four month investigation that Thornhill had been falsified log book information. He said Thornhill had deleted numerous text messages prior to apprehension as well, but the Electric Crimes unit was able to recover them.

On January 29, Thornhill’s tractor trailer was traveling northbound when it sideswiped an unoccupied car on the side of the road, Officials say. He then lost control, and crossed the median, where he collided with two southbound vehicles.

Authorities say 45-year-old Mark Sevilla of Lexington died on the scene, while two other motorists received life-threatening injuries and were transported away for care. A 64-year-old Cincinnati woman was flown to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center that day with life-threatening injuries.

Deputy Mike Persons is charging Thornhill with Manslaughter in the second degree, Assult in the second degree, Tampering with physical evidence, four counts of criminal mischief in the first degree, three counts of federal D.O.T. log book violations, Communication device violation (texting), and a federal D.O.T. violation of using a cell phone in a commercial vehicle.