Miamisburg woman to serve 8 years for vehicular assault

By Melanie Yingst -

MIAMI COUNTY — A Miamisburg woman was sentenced to eight years in prison for three counts of aggravated vehicular assault and OVI by Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher Gee on Monday.

Michelle Day, 38, entered a no contest plea and was found guilty for causing the May 21, 2015, wreck on Interstate 75 in which three men were injured seriously. The eight-year sentence is mandatory and she will not be eligible for early judicial release. Her driver’s license was revoked for 10 years.

One of the victims, Travis Baker, was paralyzed from the waist down. Baker’s victim impact statement detailed how his life, as well has his family’s lives, dramatically changed due to the accident.

Day said she was truly sorry for what she called the incident “an unfortunate accident.”

Miami County assistant prosecutor Janna Parker noted Day’s “atrocious” driving record, her lack of genuine remorse and found Day’s statement “totally inadequate” for her role in the incident.

Baker was a passenger in the Jeep along with two other friends. He was ejected from the vehicle and has been confined to a wheelchair due to his injuries. Baker’s mother Michelle Lish asked the court for the maximum penalty, stating, “She’s given him a life sentence” in regards to her son’s serious injuries.

Judge Gee also fined Day $1,075 for the OVI charge.

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By Melanie Yingst