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

Estranged husband: Wife in deadly crash planned ‘to drive backwards on I-75’

Records show police were gathering information in recent days before murder charges were filed last week against a 21-year-old woman accused of killing three members of a Warren County family in a wrong-way accident on St. Patrick’s Day.

Abby Marie Michaels, formerly of Xenia, pleaded not guilty today to six counts of murder, six counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Bond was set at $3 million.

Prosecutors said Michaels deliberately drove the wrong way on Interstate 75 in Moraine on March 17, causing the wreck that claimed the lives of husband and wife Timmy and Karen Thompson, and their 10-year-old daughter Tessa, of Mason.

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Indictments against Michaels on those charges were announced Thursday, more than four months after the triple fatal wreck.

A statement from her estranged husband on July 8 indicated Michaels 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.

Michaels’ husband said she called him about 8 p.m. March 17 and it appeared she had been drinking.

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“Abby insisted on coming over,” her husband stated in police records.

Michaels’ blood-alcohol content was above the legal limit, but the evidence shows intoxication “was not a contributing factor in this crash,” according to Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck.

The call to her husband was made after Michaels saw friends at Miamisburg pizza restaurant, police records show. Michaels got to the restaurant around 6 p.m. March 17 and “seemed to be sober and seem to be in a good mood” police records dated July 2 show.

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Michaels was arrested for murder Thursday by Moraine police at a Washington Twp. alcohol and drug treatment facility, records show.

She was handcuffed and searched before being taken away in a patrol car, according to police records.

A detective went to the facility after failing to find her at a Xenia address earlier that day, according to police records.

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