Driver charged in crash that killed Mason family of 3 found competent to stand trial

Driver charged in crash that killed Mason family of 3 found competent to stand trial
Abby Michaels, 21, was indicted Thursday on six counts of murder, six counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, and OVI for the March wrong-way crash that killed a Mason family of 3. (Source: Montgomery County Sheriff's Office)

DAYTON (FOX19) - The driver charged in the wrong-way crash that killed a Mason family of three on St. Patrick’s Day 2019 was found competent to stand trial.

Abby Michaels, 21, pleaded not guilty in September to six counts of murder, six counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

She was behind the wheel of 2015 Kia Forte that hit and killed the Thompson family in their Toyota Camry on Interstate 75 near Dayton late on St. Patrick’s Day March 17, according to Moraine police.

Timmy Thompson, 51, Karen Thompson, 50, and Tessa Thompson, 10, died in March when their car was hit in a wrong-way crash on I-75 near Dayton.
Timmy Thompson, 51, Karen Thompson, 50, and Tessa Thompson, 10, died in March when their car was hit in a wrong-way crash on I-75 near Dayton. (Source: WXIX)

Timmy Thompson, 51, Karen Thompson, 50, and Tessa Thompson, 10, died in the crash in the southbound lanes between Dryden Road and South Dixie Avenue.

Tessa was a fourth-grader at St. Susanna School in Mason, and her mother was a beloved, veteran instructor for Cincinnati Public Schools.

Michaels’ husband - who filed for divorce two days before the crash - said his wife called him at 8 p.m. that night asking to come over, police records show.

He told her no because she’d been drinking and she told him “I’m gonna kill myself,” the report states. She called him back and said “I’m going to drive backwards on 75,” and then did that minutes later.

Alcohol was a factor in the crash, police announced last year, but the prosecutor have since said it was deliberate.

Michaels is held at the Montgomery County Jail in lieu of $3 million bond.

Another court appearance is scheduled for Feb 28.

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