Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Fort Thomas Man Arrested In Relation To Fatal Crash on Dixie Highway


A three-vehicle collision that resulted in a fatality on Dixie Highway in Florence in April led to the arrest of a Fort Thomas man yesterday after months of investigation by the Boone County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction Unit.

No charges were originally filed, but police believed that alcohol and speed were factors in the crash.

Maxwell Detzel, 23, was arrested on October 10, 2017 at approximately 4:00 p.m. in relation to the April collision and was charged with Manslaughter 2nd Degree (Felony), Criminal Mischief 1st Degree 2 counts (Felony), Assault 4th Degree (Misdemeanor), and DUI 2nd Offense Aggravator (Misdemeanor).

He is being lodged at the Boone County Detention Center on a $50,000 bond.

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On Saturday, April 22, 2017, at 9:22 p.m. a traffic collision on U.S. 25 near the intersection of Totten Lane near Florence, Kentucky claimed the life of one of the drivers and sent the two other drivers to the hospital with critical injuries.


A 1995 Chevrolet Camaro, operated Detzel was traveling northbound on Dixie Highway. Police say he failed to negotiate a curve, and crossed the center line into the opposing southbound lane of traffic.

According to police, Detzel struck a 2007 Dodge Magnum, operated by Ernest Wright, 39, of Cincinnati, Ohio, who was traveling southbound on Dixie Highway. After striking Wright’s vehicle, Detzel’s vehicle continued northbound in the southbound lanes of Dixie Highway where he struck a 2000 Honda Civic operated by Joshua Ray, 26, of Fort Mitchell, Kentucky who was also traveling in the southbound lane of Dixie Highway.

Mr. Ray was pronounced deceased at the scene by Florence EMS.

Both Detzel and Wright were transported to University Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio by separate Air Care medical helicopters with suspected critical injuries.

None of the involved drivers were wearing their seat belts at the time of the collision.

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