Wrong-way driver arraigned on murder charges

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — The driver accused in a deadly wrong way crash on I-75 that killed a family was arraigned Tuesday.

Abby Michaels, 21, is charged with OVI, aggravated vehicular homicide, and murder.

“There’s a specific statute for accidents involving death and that’s called aggravated vehicular homicide so it is — I would say it is unusual for there to be a murder count,” says her defense attorney Jay Adams.

Her attorney entered a not guilty plea on all charges. Bond was set at three million dollars.

“It wouldn’t matter at this point in time if it was $500,000 or $5 million or $50 million. These folks can’t post,” says Adams.

Investigators say Michaels drove drunk the wrong way on I-75 near Dryden Road on St. Patrick’s Day. The crash killed Tim and Karen Thompson and their 10-year-old daughter Tessa from Mason.

“It’s a very emotional situation for a lot of people on both sides,” says Adams.

Prosecutors allege the crash was deliberate. Michaels’ husband, who filed for divorce two days before the deadly crash, told police in a statement that Michaels called him on March 17th. The statement shows Michaels told her husband “I’m gonna kill myself.” A crash reconstruction report indicates Michaels might’ve been aiming at the Thompson’s car.

READ MORE: Prosecutor: Woman intentionally caused fatal wrong-way crash on I-75

Her defense attorney says he doesn’t know which direction he’ll take.

“The case itself and the facts and circumstances are the focus,” states Adams. “I’m sure there’s going to be a mountain of information here and so it’s going to be a lot of time and effort.”

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