Fri. Sep 20th, 2019

Prosecutors in Ohio said a wrong-way driver who killed a family of three did so “intentionally” and “deliberately,” accelerating before slamming into a vehicle on Interstate 75.Abby Michaels, 21, has been indicted on six counts of murder, six counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and one count of OVI in connection with a St. Patrick’s Day crash in Moraine.Investigators said Michaels’ car hit a Toyota Camry head-on, killing a family of three that was inside. Timmy Thompson, 51; Karen Thompson, 50; and their 10-year-old daughter Tessa Thompson were killed.”The evidence shows there was no hesitancy at all and she was accelerating at the time that she ran head-on into this defenseless family,” said Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck.Heck said Thursday that the crash was intentional.”This was not an accident,” he said. “She knew what she wanted to do and what she wanted to accomplish.”The crash happened after Michaels left a Miamisburg bar, Heck said. According to a police report, at the time of the crash, Michaels was “wearing a festive St. Patrick’s Day shirt, multiple green, plastic shamrock necklaces and she had a temporary tattoo on her right cheek of an apparent beer mug.”The report also states that she had a frothy liquid coming from her mouth, which medics apparently identified as beer.Authorities said blood alcohol testing results show Michaels was legally intoxicated with a blood alcohol content of 0.099 at the time of the crash. The legal limit in Ohio is 0.08.”The evidence that we have so far shows that being under the influence was not a contributing factor in this,” Heck said.Heck said Michaels was dealing with a handful of personal issues at the time of the crash.”The evidence that we have so far shows that she was upset and that she had talked about possibly doing this and that was her intent,” Heck said.Heck would not say if Michaels spoke specifically about killing someone else or herself.According to court records, Michaels’ husband filed for divorce two days prior to the deadly crash. The Thompsons were from Mason, Ohio. Heck said the three were on their way home from vacation when the crash occurred.

DAYTON, Ohio —

Prosecutors in Ohio said a wrong-way driver who killed a family of three did so “intentionally” and “deliberately,” accelerating before slamming into a vehicle on Interstate 75.

Abby Michaels, 21, has been indicted on six counts of murder, six counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and one count of OVI in connection with a St. Patrick’s Day crash in Moraine.

Investigators said Michaels’ car hit a Toyota Camry head-on, killing a family of three that was inside. Timmy Thompson, 51; Karen Thompson, 50; and their 10-year-old daughter Tessa Thompson were killed.

“The evidence shows there was no hesitancy at all and she was accelerating at the time that she ran head-on into this defenseless family,” said Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck.

Heck said Thursday that the crash was intentional.

“This was not an accident,” he said. “She knew what she wanted to do and what she wanted to accomplish.”

The crash happened after Michaels left a Miamisburg bar, Heck said.

According to a police report, at the time of the crash, Michaels was “wearing a festive St. Patrick’s Day shirt, multiple green, plastic shamrock necklaces and she had a temporary tattoo on her right cheek of an apparent beer mug.”

The report also states that she had a frothy liquid coming from her mouth, which medics apparently identified as beer.

Authorities said blood alcohol testing results show Michaels was legally intoxicated with a blood alcohol content of 0.099 at the time of the crash. The legal limit in Ohio is 0.08.

“The evidence that we have so far shows that being under the influence was not a contributing factor in this,” Heck said.

Heck said Michaels was dealing with a handful of personal issues at the time of the crash.

“The evidence that we have so far shows that she was upset and that she had talked about possibly doing this and that was her intent,” Heck said.

Heck would not say if Michaels spoke specifically about killing someone else or herself.

According to court records, Michaels’ husband filed for divorce two days prior to the deadly crash.

The Thompsons were from Mason, Ohio. Heck said the three were on their way home from vacation when the crash occurred.

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