CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The community is saying goodbye to a Mason family that was killed in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 75 this past week.
Loved ones honored Karen and Tim Thompson and their 10-year-old daughter Tessa at a visitation on Monday.
Karen Thompson, officials said, was a teacher at Taft Elementary in Cincinnati and worked with special needs students. On Monday, a parent of two of those students told FOX19 that Karen and her family were incredible and will be missed.
“They were a very loving family,” said Gail Holimon.
The fatal crash took place on St. Patrick’s Day. Police have said the family was hit by another driver who was going the wrong way on I-75 near Dayton. Investigators believe alcohol was involved.
“It has been a great big hardship,” said Holimon.
Holimon and her kids knew Karen Thompson for more than 20 years. Holimon’s sons Kevin and Corey were in special needs classes at school, and Karen Thompson was their teacher.
“She was not only a teacher, she was a best friend,” said Holimon.
Holimon said the teacher made home visits, surprised students and was irreplaceable.
“She has made a big impact on her students," said Shannon Holimon-Butts, Gail Holimon’s daughter.
Though they all adored Karen, it was Holimon’s son Corey who built a bond with her that lasted most of his life. When he passed away last year at 31, Karen went to the funeral.
The Holimons also knew Tim and Tessa and said all of them were kind and caring people.
Holimon said Karen will live on in the hearts of her students.
“She’s going to be missed so much, so much,” she said.
According to Holimon, Tim Thompson leaves behind a 14-year-old son.
A funeral service is set for 11 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Susanna Catholic Church at 616 Reading Road, Mason, OH 45040.
The other driver involved in the crash has been identified as 21-year-old Abby Michaels. The crash is being investigated as vehicular homicide.