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Friday, March 6, 2020

Fatal Crash Leads to More Charges for NKY Man

Karim Zein, 21, wrecked his car into construction worker Jeffrey Holbrook,53, on Dec. 23, 2019.

By Jessie Eden

A Northern Kentucky man who was recently indicted for murder after a fatal wreck on US-27 has been indicted for an additional charge.

On December 23, 2019, 21-year-old Karim Zein wrecked his car into a 53-year-old construction worker named Jeffrey R. Holbrook. Holbrook was directing traffic around a construction area. Zein struck Holbrook and ran into a construction vehicle.

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Located at 90 Alexandria Pike in the Ft. Thomas Plaza

Jefferey R. Holbrook was transported to the hospital but died two days later on Christmas Day at University Hospital. A passenger in the construction vehicle was injured, treated and later released with non-life threatening injuries that will require prolonged treatment.

The accident happened along U.S.-27 in Highland Heights near the intersection in front of Lowe's Home Improvement.

In a press release sent after the accident, it was stated that "a Chevrolet Camaro, northbound in US 27, operated by {then} 20-year-old Karim Zein, of Independence, KY, disregarded Holbrook’s directions striking him and then a construction vehicle."

Zein has now been indicted on an additional charge of Assault 1st. A person is guilty of assault in the first degree when, under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life, a person wantonly engages in conduct which creates a grave risk of death to another and thereby causes serious physical injury to another person.

Assault in the 1st degree in Kentucky is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and no less than 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine but no less than $1,000.

Zein will be arraigned on the assault charge on March 18.

21-year-old Karim Zein

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