New trial date set for woman accused of killing 3 family members in ghost accident on I-75


24 Jan. A new trial date has been set for a woman accused of killing three Warren County relatives in a ghost accident on I-75 nearly four years ago.

The trial of 24-year-old Abby Michaels begins on June 5, according to Montgomery County Common Pleas Court records. A final hearing will take place on May 25.

Michaels’ was previously set to stand trial on February 28, August 1 and September 19 of last year, but the dates continued.

In the order setting the June 5 trial date, Judge Steven K. Dankof wrote, “Absence of extraordinary cause, no further proceeding will be granted.”

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Last September, Michaels’ defense requested that the trial be postponed to allow medical records to be reviewed by an expert epileptologist and to consult with an expert on psychogenic seizures, court documents said.

“The state opposes the requested continuation mainly because of the wishes of the families of the deceased – a reason with which the court is not unsympathetic,” Dankof wrote in the order granting the continuation. “However, in order to ensure that Ms. Michaels receives an effective, authentic and fair trial, this Court finds counsel’s argument in favor of continuation persuasive and, therefore, the Court is continuing the litigation in this case to a subsequent date as below set out.”

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Michaels was charged with six counts of murder, six counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and one count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated in connection with an accident on St. Patrick’s Day in 2019.

She is accused of getting onto I-75 South after making an emergency rollover in the highway median and crashing into an oncoming Toyota Camry. The Camry’s occupants, Timmy and Karen Thompson and their 10-year-old daughter Tessa, were killed in the crash.

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Montgomery County prosecutor Mat Heck previously said that despite Michaels being at a bar that night, drunkenness was not a factor in the crash.

“This was not an accident. This defendant was upset and decided to take the action that she did,” Heck said at a press conference following Michaels’ indictment in July 2019. “Evidence shows that this defendant knew what she was doing and what she wanted. Accomplish.”

Michaels’ defense team declined to comment on the case when contacted Tuesday.


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