Name of driver released in wrong-way crash that killed Mason family of 3
MASON, OH (FOX19) - Police have now identified the driver in a wrong-way crash that killed a Mason family of three.
According to a report from Moraine police, Abby Michaels, 21, of Xenia was behind the wheel of 2015 Kia Forte that hit and killed the Thompson family in their Toyota Camry on I-75 near Dayton Sunday.
As of Monday, police say Michaels is listed in serious, but stable condition at Miami Valley Hospital.
Timmy Thompson, 51, Karen Thompson, 50, and Tessa Thompson, 10, died in the accident on southbound I-75 between Dryden Road and South Dixie Avenue, police confirmed Monday morning.
The wrong-way crash is now being investigated as a vehicular homicide.
An update on the investigation came late Tuesday morning from Moraine police.
A Moraine officer shared, in graphic detail, what he found when he arrived on the scene of the deadly crash, a police report shows.
The officer said when he arrived, he saw medics attempting to get an airway started in Michaels. He noted that they were having difficulties due to a ‘frothy fluid’ coming from her mouth.
He said the fluid was identified by medics as beer.
The 21-year-old was described in the report as being dressed in ‘festive’ St. Patrick’s Day clothing.
The officer said Michaels had on a St. Patrick’s Day shirt, multiple green, plastic shamrock necklaces and she had a temporary tattoo on her right cheek described as an apparent beer mug.
The report also said the officer found a large cup with a Fireball whiskey logo inside her purse with a small amount of an unknown dark liquid on the bottom.
Good Samaritans, who did not witness the crash, stopped and began performing CPR on Michaels and checked for pulses and attempted to assist the Thompson family in their vehicle, the report says.
The officer says he received a warrant to collect a blood sample from the 21-year-old to be sent to the Ohio State Highway Patrol Crime Lab for analysis.
Tuesday, police said their preliminary investigation confirmed the Kia Forte was traveling north in the southbound lanes before the crash.
They also said investigators confirmed the Kia Forte crossed over the median near mile marker 49 by using the paved turn-around restricted for authorized and emergency vehicles only.
“I’m not sure what they were thinking but they didn’t go through the grass or anything or attempt to go through the grass. It’s almost as if they knew what they were doing... but I don’t know,” a witness said.
The witness said the car ran straight through the turn-around, avoiding the median and proceeding to drive the wrong way down 75.
“It seemed like to me it was intentional, but I have no idea. Like I said, they had earlier swerved before getting on the highway and hit the curb,” she said.
Police say the investigation is still ongoing and a technical reconstruction of the crash will take place.
“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.
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