MORAINE, OH (FOX19) - A Mason family of three is dead in an overnight wrong-way crash on Interstate 75 near Dayton, Moraine police said.
Timmy Thompson, 51, Karen Thompson, 50, and Tessa Thompson, 10, were all killed in the accident on southbound I-75 between Dryden Road and South Dixie Avenue about 8:10 p.m. Sunday, police confirmed early Monday.
Two of them were pronounced dead at the scene; the third family member was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead there, according to police.
Police have not released the condition of the wrong-way driver who was taken by medical helicopter to the hospital with injuries but did say they are still in the ICU.
Police also say alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.
“This is horrific. Not only so we have two adults that were involved but we have a child, a 10-year-old child that’s lost their life because of this crash. It’s just absolutely tragic," Sgt. Andrew Parish said.
A spokesperson for Cincinnati Public Schools confirms that Karen taught for CPS for many years.
“Karen was a tremendous teacher for many years with Cincinnati Public Schools, working particularly with students with special needs. She will be missed by the entire CPS community,” said Lauren Worley, Chief Communications Officer for CPS, on Twitter.
Tessa attended St. Susanna Parish School in Mason, said Tracey Carson, spokeswoman for Mason City Schools.
Mason City Schools is sending grief counselors to St. Susanna School today to help students and staff cope with the tragedy.
A St. Susanna parent shared the text sent to parents Monday morning:
I am heartbroken to inform you that Tessa Thompson, a 4th grade student, and her parents were killed last evening in a car accident.
The Crisis Response Team at St. Susanna has made plans to respond to meet the needs of all students. We will have several grief counseling teams on site to assist any and all students.
Please keep the family and the school in your prayers. We will share more information as it becomes available.
St. Susanna Parish School released an official statement Monday afternoon through their director of media relations Jennifer Schack.
Schack said the school is ‘heavily’ involved with attending to their students and staff during this time of loss and are releasing the following statement on their behalf:
"It is with heavy hearts that the St. Susanna Parish School family mourns the loss of one of their students, Tessa Thompson, and her parents, Timmy and Karen. The fourth grader was a bright light who had a great effect on students and staff and it is a tragic loss for all who knew her. St. Susanna Parish School and Catholic community expresses heartfelt sympathy and prayers to the Thompson family and their friends affected by this tragedy. The school would also appreciate your thoughts and prayers for them during this time of loss. Counselors were on hand first-thing Monday morning and will remain available for emotional support for the entire school community.
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati is the 44th largest Catholic diocese in the country, with more than 450,000 Catholics, and has the sixth largest Catholic school system in terms of enrollment with more than 40,000 students. The 19-county territory includes 211 parishes and 111 Catholic primary and secondary schools."
The Thompson family’s Toyota Camry was in the southbound lanes of the highway when it was struck by a Kia Forte traveling northbound in the southbound lanes, police said in a prepared statement.
The crash closed the highway for more than 3.5 hours.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call Moraine Police: 937-535-1166.
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