Kia Ferguson South Euclid, Ohio mother accused of intentionally pulling up with her car in front of oncoming UPS resulting in 10 year old daughter’s death.
An Ohio mom has been accused of having pulled up in front of an oncoming UPS truck on purpose — killing her infant daughter and injuring her son, authorities said.
Kia Ferguson, 37, of South Euclid was indicted Wednesday by a grand jury in connection to the deadly vehicle collision in January on Interstate 90 in Mentor, WOIO reported.
She pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder and other charges.
The charges come off a 9 month investigation which led to police recommending charges be placed following the mother’s arrest last week.
Death by semi-truck?
Police said the mom ‘intentionally pulled in front of the semi-truck’ before the vehicle slid down an embankment.
The crash happened about 12:30 a.m. along Interstate 90 between Chillicothe and Kirtland roads, police said.
Her daughter, Jia, died at the scene while her 6-year-old son was rushed to Cleveland’s MetroHealth Hospital requiring intensive care treatment.
The 56-year-old semi-truck driver was not hurt, officials said.
Authorities declined to comment on the evidence used to indict the mom for purposely causing the crash, Cleveland.com reported.
Investigators have not said whether drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash, and have declined to discuss why the facts in the case warrant the criminal charges Ferguson faces.
Following the accident, Ji’s grandmother, Rossana McCrary, set up a GoFundMe account that raised over $20,000 for Ferguson as she and her son recovered.
The mother has been released on $50K bond and is expected to appear in court next on Oct. 23.
Ferguson has been ordered not to have any contact with her surviving child. She’s also not allowed to drive. The woman will be monitored by a GPS unit.