No-cash bond granted by judge for driver in fatal wrong-way I-71 south crash

No-cash bond granted by judge for driver in fatal wrong-way I-71 south crash

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The driver of a wrong-way crash that killed a 23-year-old man Friday was in court the following day.

Sabrina McKinney, 26-years-old, drove her Dodge Nitro the wrong way up the South I-71 Reading Road exit ramp when she collided with Tyson Guy, 23-year-old.

McKinney’s car flipped onto its side and caught fire, according to the traffic unit. Fire personnel was able to put out the fire and remove both drivers from their cars.

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The drivers were transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Police do not know if either Guy or McKinney was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

McKinney, however, was under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, according to court documents.

Guy was taken off life support just before 3 p.m. Friday.

McKinney’s lawyer stated Saturday that she suffered a fractured foot, arm, ribs, collarbone and had internal bleeding.

Her attorney cited the injuries from the crash as one of the reasons McKinney should not have a cash bond.

“We understand the allegations here are serious, but she is in serious need of treatment and therapy at this point,” McKinney’s attorney stated.

The judge granted McKinney a no-cash bond so she can get treatment for those injuries.

McKinney is also on 24-hour a lockdown, which prevents her from driving or consuming alcohol, the judge ordered. She will have to wear an ankle monitor as well.

Legal expert Mark Krumbein explained why the judge might have decided to give her a no-cash bond.

“Bonds are not supposed to be pre punishments,” said Krumbein. “She will have the opportunity to face these charges. Enter a plea, or go to trial, and if she’s found guilty there would be plenty of time for punishment later on.”

Krumbein anticipates McKinney’s charges will be upgraded to aggravated vehicular homicide because Guy died Friday.

He said the prosecutor has plenty of time to change the charges

This case will be heading to a grand jury in late July. They will decide which charges McKinney will ultimately face.

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