INITIAL REPORT, March 18
A family of three, including a 10-year-old girl, was killed in a wrong-way crash on Sunday night on Interstate 75 in the Dayton area.
Timmy Thompson, 51, Karen Thompson, 50, and Tessa Thompson, 10, have been identified as victims in the Sunday night accident, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.
A wrong-way driver caused the crash, which was reported on I-75 between Dryden Road and South Dixie Drive around 8 p.m., according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The accident involved two vehicles, authorities said, but which car was traveling the wrong way has not been released.
Tessa Thompson was a student at St. Susanna School, Mason City Schools spokeswoman Tracey Carson said. Mason City Schools are sending counselors to the school to help students.
Terri Holt, a neighbor who lives across the street from the Thompson’s home, said another neighbor knocked on her door Monday morning to tell her what happened. She said the family has a surviving son.
She said she would regularly see Timmy Thompson walking his daughter to the bus stop, and they were very involved in the neighborhood.
“I can’t believe it,” Holt said. “Life is so short anyway. I’m just so sad about it.”
Mark Thompson, Tim’s younger brother, told WCPO that his brother was smart and did well for himself.
“They all had big hearts,” he said. “(Tim and Karen) took care of me when my mom died. They were my everything.”
Mark Thompson said the three could have been visiting Karen’s family in Maumee when they crashed.
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