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Cookeville Woman May Withdraw Guilty Plea In 2018 Crash
30-year-old Nicole Leigh Wright was charged with vehicular homicide following a 2018 crash that killed 26-year-old Mason Taft. (Photo: Putnam County Jail)

Cookeville Woman May Withdraw Guilty Plea In 2018 Crash

A Cookeville woman plans to file a motion withdrawing a guilty plea she entered Monday for one count of vehicular homicide by intoxication.

30-year-old Nicole Leigh Wright was charged after a 2018 crash near Dodson Branch Road that killed 26-year-old Mason Taft.

Wright’s legal counsel said Tuesday there may be “legal, technical reasons” that could result in the guilty plea being withdrawn.

The District Attorneys Office said Tuesday morning that it will not oppose the motion from Wright’s counsel.

Taft suffered fatal injuries in the crash when Wright’s car traveled off the left side of the roadway and rolled over. A THP crash report stated that Taft’s body was partially ejected and crushed by the vehicle.

Wright and three other people escaped the crash without injuries.

Wright was also charged with three counts of reckless endangerment and driving under the influence.

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