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5 things to know about wrong-way crash murder case

Published: Friday, July 19, 2019 @ 10:04 AM
Updated: Friday, July 19, 2019 @ 10:32 AM

Timmy Thompson, 51, Karen Thompson, 50, and Tessa Thompson, 10, were killed on a wrong-way crash on Interstate 75 south of Dayton on Sunday, March 17, 2019. WCPO-TV / CONTRIBUTED
Timmy Thompson, 51, Karen Thompson, 50, and Tessa Thompson, 10, were killed on a wrong-way crash on Interstate 75 south of Dayton on Sunday, March 17, 2019. WCPO-TV / CONTRIBUTED

Murder charges have been approved against a 21-year-old woman who drove the wrong-way on I-75 on St. Patrick’s Day, striking another vehicle and killing a mother, father and their 10-year-old daughter.

Abby Marie Michaels, formerly of Xenia, is being held in the Montgomery County Jail after she was indicted on multiple charges of murder for the March 17 triple-fatal crash in Moraine.

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Timmy and Karen Thompson and their daughter Tessa were heading back from vacation to their Mason home when they were struck by Michaels’ vehicle on southbound I-75. All three were killed in the collision. Michaels survived the crash and was hospitalized with injuries. 

Here are 5 things to know about the case

1. Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck announced this week Michaels’ actions were deliberate. Evidence will show she was upset and talked about driving into traffic prior to the crash, the prosecutor said. 

2. Michaels was at a bar in Miamisburg that evening and her blood alcohol level was above the legal limit, but her inebriation was not a contributing factor in the crash, according to Heck.

3. The reason investigators say Michaels was upset has not been released. Two days before the crash, her husband had filed for divorce.

4. Though there were three victims, Michaels is charged with six counts of murder. Based on Ohio law, three of the charges relate to the defendant using a deadly weapon (her vehicle), and three of the charges relate to the defendant causing serious physical harm, according to Assistant Prosecutor John Amos.

5. Michaels is scheduled to be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. Heck said the state will be asking that bond is set at $1 million.