Drunk driver guilty in fatal wrong-way crash

Rachel Schidecker pleaded no contest in fatal dui crash
Rachel Schidecker pleaded no contest in fatal dui crash. (WDTN Photo/Neil Black)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A Miami County woman accused of killing someone while driving drunk pleaded no contest to the charges Tuesday.

Rachel Schidecker pleaded to all six charges against her including multiple counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, OVI and vehicular assault.

“What she did that night was really the result of a sickness that she’s had for a while,” said Dennis Lieberman, Schidecker’s attorney. “So she decided she decided she wanted to simply enter a plea and accept the consequences of her actions.”

Schidecker was involved in an August 2012 crash that killed Chereece Rule, 39, of Kansas City, Mo. and injured David Wilson.

Prosecutors say Schidecker was driving the wrong way on Interstate 75 when the crash happened. Her blood alcohol level was .236, more than 10 times legal limit for a person under 21.

“It sort of goes along with all the other facts of the case which are very egregious,” said Tracey Ballard Tangeman, Assistant Montgomery County Prosecutor. “She drove almost 4 miles the wrong way on Interstate 75 really it was a crash waiting to happen.”

The judge found Schidecker guilty. She will be sentenced next month.


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