An Ohio woman is facing murder charges after a prosecutor announced last week that the suspect intentionally plowed into a family driving home from vacation, killing them all.
NBC reports that a grand jury indicted 21-year-old Abby Marie Michaels on six felony counts of murder, six counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, and one count of drinking and driving, in connection with the fatal St. Patrick’s Day crash. According to Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr., the incident happened in Moraine, off of I-75, between Dryden Road and South Dixie Avenue.
The victims, identified as Timmy Thompson, his wife, Karen Thompson, and their 10-year-old daughter, Tessa, were on their way home in a Toyota Camry when Michaels allegedly drove the wrong way in traffic. Instead of slowing down, the suspect is accused of accelerating until she hit the family’s car.
“Evidence showed this defendant knew what she was doing and what she wanted to accomplish,” Heck during a Thursday news conference. “Unfortunately, what she accomplished was wiping out and murdering this family.”
Authorities found Timmy Thompson and his daughter deceased at the scene. The little girl’s arm had been severed. Karen Thompson later died at a hospital.
According to court documents, Michaels’ husband, Kyle Pastorelle, told authorities that the suspect admitted she planned to drive into oncoming traffic. Pastorelle said on the night in question, Michaels called him and he could tell she had been drinking. He wouldn’t allow her to come over to see him, which apparently upset her.
Two days prior to the crash, Pastorelle reportedly filed for divorce. The couple married in June 2018, according to court records.
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“Abby was clearly upset then started saying, ‘I’m going to drive backwards on 75,'” Heck explained.
Michaels allegedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.099 at the time of the crash, but Heck added that drinking was not a “contributing factor,” as the woman made plans to intentionally plow into traffic, FOX 19 reports.
“Being under the influence was not a contributing factor. This was a deliberate act on her part. This was an intentional act of driving into traffic the wrong way.”
According to police, when authorities attempted to revive Michaels at the scene, a “frothy fluid” came out of her mouth, which first responders identified as beer. They also reportedly found a cup inside her car containing what appeared to be alcohol.
The suspect was arrested and taken to the Montgomery County Jail. She has an arraignment on Tuesday.
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[Feature Photo: Thompson Family/Handout; Abby Michaels/Police Handout]