Wrong-way crash on I-75 that killed 3 was deliberate act, prosecutor says

Wrong-way driver in killing of Warren County family appears in court, case continued

An area woman charged with murder in a wrong-way wreck on Interstate 75 made her first in court appearance since her indictment.

Abby Marie Michaels, 21, formerly of Xenia, was indicted last month on multiple counts of murder and related charges in the Moraine crash that killed husband and wife Timmy and Karen Thompson, and their 10-year-old daughter Tessa.

Michaels did not speak during her court appearance, and the case was continued until Aug. 28.

Not guilty pleas have been entered for Michaels, who is being held on a $3 million bond in the Montgomery County Jail, records show.

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County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. has said Michaels deliberately drove the wrong way northbound in the southbound lanes of I-75 after pulling over in an emergency U-Turn area on the highway.

Michaels faces six counts of murder and six counts of aggravated vehicular homicide. She also was indicted for operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, but Heck has said that was not a factor in the March 17 wreck.

A statement from Michaels’ estranged husband on July 8 indicated she told him “I’m going to drive backwards on I-75” just minutes before the triple-fatal crash occurred, according to Moraine Police Division records.

Blood-alcohol tests show Michaels was above the legal limit, police records show.


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