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Report: Wrong-way driver ‘may have been aiming’ at traffic in deadly crash

Published: Wednesday, July 24, 2019 @ 12:52 PM

Wrong-way crash on I-75 that killed 3 was deliberate act, prosecutor says

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.

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“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.

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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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