Kentucky Opera director dies in car crash in Illinois

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Opera says its director has died in a car accident in Illinois.

A report from the Illinois State Police says 56-year-old David Roth was killed Sunday night at about 9 p.m. when his car ran off the road. He had been travelling east on Interstate 74 in Piatt County when his Hyundai Elantra struck a ditch, became airborne and hit a tree head on. Roth was transported to Carle Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Opera spokeswoman Heather O’Mara says Roth had been returning to Louisville after taking a business trip to Des Moines, Iowa, and visiting family in Wisconsin.

She says Roth came to the opera in 2006 and was able to strike the perfect balance between artistic quality and business acumen.


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