Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser said at Ashley’s arraignment that the vehicular homicide charge against Ashley rises to an aggravated or felony level due to questions of her sobriety at the time of the crash. He said she was also reckless because there was sufficient sight distance to see the train with lights flashing and gates down.
Ashley and Martin had been picking up children for an evening vacation Bible school at the church when the crash occurred.
Martin, of Middletown, died from blunt force trauma to the chest.
The nine children in the van, ages 4-10, were treated and released from Atrium Medical Center and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, according to the church.
Ashley, who is the wife of church pastor Rev. Gary Ashley, suffered multiple injuries in the crash.