A 21-year-old Ohio lady accused of deliberately driving the unsuitable manner in site visitors on St. Patrick’s Day — crashing into and killing a household of three — was indicted on homicide prices Thursday, officers mentioned.
A grand jury indicted Abby Marie Michaels of Xenia with six counts of homicide and a rely of working a car whereas below the affect in reference to the March 17, 2019, crash on Interstate 75 in Moraine that left a pair and their daughter lifeless, in response to an announcement from Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr.
Michaels was touring dwelling from a bar in Miamisburg when she slammed her Kia Forte head-on right into a Toyota Camry, Heck mentioned. When police arrived, the harm to each automobiles was “catastrophic,” and there “was widespread particles throughout all three lanes of freeway,” Heck’s assertion mentioned.
The folks within the Toyota, Timmy Thompson, his spouse, Karen, and their daughter, Tessa, 10, have been returning dwelling from trip. “All misplaced their lives on account of this defendant’s deliberate and outrageous actions,” Heck mentioned.
Witnesses informed police that Michaels did not try to sluggish her automobile however somewhat accelerated earlier than hitting the Camry.
“Proof confirmed this defendant knew what she was doing and what she needed to perform,” he mentioned throughout a information convention Thursday. “Sadly, what she achieved was wiping out and murdering this household.”
Heck mentioned Michaels was upset and had informed somebody about her plans to drive into site visitors.
Court docket information present that Michaels’ husband had filed for divorce two days previous to the crash, in response to NBC affiliate WDSU.
“This was an intentional act of driving into site visitors the unsuitable manner — that’s what makes this so outrageous,” Heck mentioned. He mentioned it is unclear whether or not her intentions have been suicidal or murderous or each.
Whereas Michaels was inebriated, Heck mentioned inebriation was not a “contributing issue” within the crash. He mentioned inebriated drivers who kill somebody are charged with involuntary manslaughter or aggravated vehicular murder, however “this was a homicide that occurred right here.”
The prosecutor’s workplace offered two homicide prices per sufferer to the grand jury, which decided six counts of homicide have been acceptable, Montgomery County Assistant Prosecuting Lawyer John Amos mentioned.
It’s unclear if Michaels has a lawyer. She is being held on the Montgomery County Jail awaiting her Tuesday arraignment, in response to jail information.
Heck mentioned prosecutors would search a bond of at the least $1 million. Michaels faces life in jail if convicted.