A 21-year-old Ohio woman accused of deliberately driving the wrong road in traffic on St Patrick's Day – crashing in and killing a family of three – was accused of murder charges on Thursday, officials said.
A big jury accused Abby Marie Michaels of Xenia with six counts of murder and a bill of driving a vehicle under the influence of March 17, 2019 crash on Interstate 75 in Moraine which left a couple and their daughter dead, according to a statement by Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr.
Michaels travels home from a bar in Miamisburg when she filed her Kia Forte on a Toyota Camry, Heck said. When the police arrived, the damage to both cars was "catastrophic" and "there was widespread debris over all three highways," says Heck's statement.
The people of Toyota, Timmy Thompson, his wife, Karen and their daughter, Tessa, 10, returned home from vacation. "Everyone lost their lives as a result of this defendant's deliberate and outrageous acts," said Heck.
Tessa's arm was interrupted, and she and her father were declared dead on the spot, according to a police report. Karen Thompson died at the hospital.
Witnesses told police that Michaels was not trying to slow down his car, but rather accelerated before he hit Camry.
"Evidence showed that this defendant knew what she was doing and what she wanted to do," he said during a press conference Thursday. "Unfortunately, what she achieved hit out and murdered this family."
Heck said Michaels was upset and had told someone about her plans to enter the traffic.
According to a report by Moraine Police Department Kyle Pastorelle, identified as Michael's husband, told the police that she had called him who wanted to come over and he told her no.
"Abby was obviously upset and then began to say," I'll drive back at 75. "He said he could say she had drunk, but told the police he didn't know where she was.
" was a deliberate act of driving into the traffic in the wrong way – that's what makes it so outrageous, "said Heck. He said it's not unclear whether her intentions were suicide or murder or both.
While Michael was under The influence of alcohol, Heck said that inebriation was not a "contributing factor" in the crash. He said inebriated drivers who kill someone are burdened with involuntary death or aggravated vehicle murder, but "this was a murder that occurred here."
Michaels had an alcohol content of 0.099 at the time of the crash, while the legal limit in Ohio is 0.08.
Officers found that she was rinsing in the mouth with beer and found a dark liquid in a Fireball Whiskey-labeled cup in his bag, according to police report She wore a "festive" St. Patrick's Day shirt, shamrock necklace and had a temporary beer robbery tattoo on her cheek, the report said.
The Prosecutor's Office presented two murder charges per victim to the grand jury, which determined six counts of murder were appropriate, said Montgomery County Assistant, prosecutor John Amos.
It is unclear whether Michaels has a lawyer. She is being held at Montgomery County Prison while awaiting her Tuesday war, according to prison sites.
Heck said prosecutors would seek a band of at least $ 1 million. Michaels is facing life in prison if they were sentenced.