Woman charged in connection with wrong-way I-70 crash that killed Richmond teen


Phaedra Winters

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UPDATE (Nov. 19, 2019)– Phaedra Winters pleaded guilty to one count of OWI causing death and was sentenced to seven years in the Indiana Department of Correction with 241 days of jail credit.

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NEW CASTLE, Ind. – Police arrested a woman from Ohio in connection with a crash that killed a Richmond teenager last August.

U.S. Marshals arrested 56-year-old Phaedra Winters, of Huber Heights, Ohio, on Wednesday. She was charged with two counts of causing death while operating a motor vehicle, one for a blood-alcohol content of 0.15 or higher and one for having a Schedule I or II controlled substance in her system.

According to court documents, Winters was driving west in the eastbound lanes of I-70 when her car struck a 2010 Honda head-on in the passing lane.

Chase Thomas, 19, of Richmond, was driving the Honda. He died at the scene.

Winters’ BAC measured 0.215. Indiana’s legal limit is 0.08. She was also ticketed by Indiana State Police for driving without a valid driver’s license.

Winters is currently being held in the Montgomery County Jail in Dayton, Ohio without bond.

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