MIDDLETOWN, Ohio – The driver of an Ohio church van that crashed into a moving train last summer, killing a woman and injuring nine children, has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide.
A grand jury in Butler County on Wednesday indicted 63-year-old Judith Ashley on charges that also include vehicular assault and endangering children. Ashley is the wife of a church pastor.
The van was carrying vacation Bible school students. It ran into the CSX freight train at a Middletown crossing last July 28. The Ohio State Highway Patrol says gates were down and warning lights were activated when the van approached the crossing.
Ashley's 62-year-old passenger, Janice Martin, was killed. The injured children were ages 4 to 10.
An attorney for Ashley says it was an accident and she did nothing intentionally.