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Published: Wednesday, July 24, 2019 @ 12:52 PM
— The driver charged with murder in the March 17 wrong-way wreck that killed three Mason family members was accelerating and possibly “aiming at oncoming traffic” just before the crash, records show.
The crash reconstruction report of the triple-fatal wreck on Interstate 75 states Abby Marie Michaels’ Kia was going about 45 miles per hour and gaining speed “during the 5 seconds prior to the crash,” according to Moraine Police Division records.
“The steering input leading in to the crash suggests the driver may have been aiming at oncoming traffic, and is wholly inconsistent with emergency steering to try and avoid a collision,” the crash reconstruction report states.
Michaels, 21, is in the Montgomery County Jail on a $3 million bond after the former Xenia resident pleaded not guilty Tuesday to six counts of murder, six counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol in a St. Patrick’s Day wreck.
County Prosecutor Mat Heck said last week that Michaels deliberately drove north in the southbound lanes March 17 on I-75, causing a wreck that killed husband and wife Timmy and Karen Thompson, and their 10-year-old daughter Tessa, all of Mason.
A statement from Michaels’ estranged husband on July 8 indicated she told him “I’m going to drive backwards on I-75” just minutes before the triple-fatal crash occurred, according to Moraine Police Division records.
Michaels’ next court date is set for July 31.
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