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Family remembers life of Shelbyville man killed in crash

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William "Bubba" Wright, 46 of Shelbyville, felt free when he was riding his motorcycle, according to family members. William "Bubba" Wright, 46 of Shelbyville, felt free when he was riding his motorcycle, according to family members.
Authorities said 19-year-old Catlina Snoddy was driving the wrong way on Highway 231. Authorities said 19-year-old Catlina Snoddy was driving the wrong way on Highway 231.
MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) -

Family members of the victim who was hit and killed by a wrong-way driver early Sunday morning are now praying for the person who crashed into him head-on.

William "Bubba" Wright, 46 of Shelbyville, felt free when he was riding his motorcycle, according to family members.

"He loved his motorcycle," said his mother, Brenda Wright.

Wright was riding it the night he was killed.

He was heading home to Shelbyville around 2 a.m. Sunday.

He had just left Murfreesboro visiting friends who were in town from Kentucky, according to family members.

He had called his mother three and half hours before the fatal crash.

"He said, 'Mama I love you,' and I said, 'I love you too, son,' and those were our last words," Brenda Wright said.

Authorities said 19-year-old Catlina Snoddy, of Murfreesboro, was driving the wrong way on Highway 231, traveling northbound in the southbound lane.

She ended up crashing head-on into Wright's motorcycle, killing him on Highway 231 near the Rock Springs-Midland Road.

She had been drinking, according to a Tennessee Highway Patrol incident report.

"It's a very sad thing," Brenda Wright said. "I just don't understand why people continue to drink and think they can drive, without having some type of consequences."

The impact was so hard, the motorcycle caught fire. Family members say Wright probably didn't know what hit him. They said he had to be identified by fingerprint.

"There is no way to prepare or describe how it feels to get a call that your dad is gone," said the victim's son, Steven Wright. "It was very emotional."

Channel 4 News uncovered documents showing Snoddy was arrested by Murfreesboro police June 19 for DUI.

She was stopped on South Church Street in front of the Juvenile Detention Center for speeding. She was clocked going 70 in a 40 mile per hour zone.

According to the arrest report, she had a bottle of red wine in the car, which was still cold.

In addition to the DUI charge, she is also facing underage consumption and open container.

She's scheduled to appear in court Aug. 20.

"Anytime someone gets behind the wheel while they're intoxicated, whether alcohol or drugs, they are taking their lives and other people's lives into their hands," said Murfreesboro Police spokesman Sgt. Kyle Evans.

Wright's family said she should have learned her lesson with that incident.

"She is going to have to live with this mistake the rest of her life," Steven Wright said. "The guilt she is going to feel the rest of her life will be worse, that could happen through the courts."

Family members said William Wright was full of life and also had a smile on his face.

"Everybody loved him," the victim's mother said. "He was an avid fisherman, golfer and duck hunter."

One of Snoddy's family members said she is recovering at home from having surgery to her feet, which she injured in the crash.

They said the 19-year-old had a baby nine months ago.

No charges were filed again Snoddy in the fatal crash, but tests were requested to see if she was impaired.

Channel 4 News checked THP to see if Snoddy would face criminal charges, but all THP spokesman Sgt. Bill Miller would say was that "the investigation is ongoing."

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