The driver going the wrong way on I-71 when she caused a fatal, head-on crash Wednesday morning was arraigned Thursday on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and held on a $300,000 bond, authorities said.
Taryn Chin, 22, of Cincinnati, was driving a minivan northbound in the southbound lanes when she struck 47-year-old Jose Arenas Perez's car about 3 a.m., according to police investigators. The crash occurred just south of the Dana Avenue exit.
Police believe that alcohol played a role and were also testing for drug use, Lt. Bruce Hoffbauer said.
Multiple 911 calls between 2:20 and 2:30 a.m. reported a minivan driving south in the northbound lanes as far north as exit 12 (Montgomery Road near Kenwood Towne Center). The collision occurred in the southbound lanes near exit 5 (Dana Avenue), meaning the mother of two young children apparently got off the interstate, turned around and headed north in the southbound lanes.
Perez, of Florence, Kentucky, was on his way home from work at Cintas. He died at the scene.Chin suffered only minor injuries and was treated at the scene, Hoffbauer said. She told officers she had at least four or five drinks and shouldn't have been driving. Police found her blood alcohol level was above the legal limit for driving.
PD: Suspected drunken driver went wrong way for miles on I-71 before fatal crash