Posted by: Apostolic Oneness Pentecostals | April 23, 2009

Aimee Michael – Confession in Easter crash that killed 5

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

A woman was arrested and charged Thursday morning after confessing to being the driver who caused an Easter Day accident on Camp Creek Parkway that killed five people, Fulton County police said.

Aimee Michael, 22, was charged with five counts of homicide by vehicle, one count of failure to maintain lane and one count of serious injury by vehicle, hit and run, according to Fulton police detective Melissa Parker. Police scheduled a press conference for 10 a.m. Thursday. A bond hearing was scheduled for 11 a.m.

Michael was led handcuffed from the Fulton County police major crimes unit off Fulton Industrial Boulevard, where she was being questioned, around 5:15 a.m. Police had been questioning Michael and two other women in an investigation of the April 12 hit-and-run wreck. Authorities say they found the BMW they believe was involved in the crash.

Police have not released the names of the other two women who were questioned for several hours overnight, but state voting records list a second woman at the same address as Michael.

An anonymous tip led police Wednesday to a home in the 3900 block of Ailey Avenue in South Fulton County, where the BMW was parked in the driveway. They later searched the home and confiscated the vehicle.

At 6:45 p.m., a plum-colored Ford Expedition pulled into the Walden Park subdivision. When the car went into the garage, three to four Fulton County police officers rushed in as a woman got out of the SUV. A Fulton County SWAT officer then closed the garage door.

Shortly after 7, police left the residence with three women – one in her 20s, another apparently in her 50s, and a third older woman – who police said had agreed to be questioned.

None of the women was handcuffed but were led to police cars that carried them away.

The women were taken to the Fulton County police major crimes unit. At about 3:30 a.m. Thursday two of the women were released, while police continued to question Michael.

“I’m shocked,” said neighbor Chandra Adams. “The neighborhood is banding together to find out what’s going on in our neighborhood.”

Adams said police first arrived at the Walden Park neighborhood around 10 a.m.

SWAT arrived at 3 p.m. and surrounded the home, police spokeswoman Det. Melissa Parker said.

“There were other identifying factors that allowed us to enter the house,” Parker said.

Police went into the home, but found no one there, she said.

The car was impounded for further investigation.

On Easter Sunday, Robert and Delisia Carter, as well as the couple’s newborn son, Ethan Blake, and Delisia Carter’s 9-year-old daughter, Kayla, died in the chain-reaction crash near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Police said 43-year-old Tracy Johnson of Atlanta survived the accident in another vehicle, but the impact killed her 6-year-old daughter, Morgan. Tracy Johnson is now listed in satisfactory condition at Grady Hospital.

The Carters’ Mercedes and the BMW are believed to have collided on Camp Creek Parkway between Butner Road and Old Fairburn Road at about 1:45 p.m. Both vehicles crossed the median, and the BMW left the scene.

The Mercedes, however, slammed head-on into a Volkswagen driven by Johnson.

Chandra Adams, who lives in the same neighborhood as Michael, said when SWAT officers surrounded the home, she saw the three women pull into the neighborhood and quickly make a U-turn at the sight of police.

Delisia Carter’s sister Tanisha Robertson was on the scene Wednesday, saying she had been in Atlanta from her California home ever since the wreck.

Robertson said she lamented having never met Delisia’s youngest child.

“A brand new baby I never got to see is gone,” Robertson said.

UPDATE:

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

An Atlanta school teacher was charged Wednesday with tampering with evidence that implicated her daughter in a crash that killed five people.

Fulton County Police issued citations to Sheila Michael for tampering with evidence and obstruction, police said.

Michael was not booked in the jail, but ordered to appear in Fulton County Magistrate Court on May 6, said her attorney Renee Rockwell.

A grand jury is also scheduled to review Michael’s case on May 6, Rockwell said.

“Since she’s not a flight risk, they gave her a citation and she will have to go in and make a bond,” she said. “I suspect she will probably get indicted.”

Last week, her daughter, Aimee Michael was charged with five counts of vehicular homicide, hit and run, and other charges. Police say the 22-year-old confessed to driving the BMW that caused the Easter crash that killed five people and driving off.

Sheila Michael, 52, is on unpaid leave from her job as a second grade teacher at Cascade Elementary School, Atlanta Public Schools spokesman Joe Manguno said.

Michael was previously on paid personal leave, which she requested. However, she ran out of leave and asked to be not paid, Manguno said.

The school system’s attorneys will review Michael’s case before taking any action on her employment, Manguno said.

The teacher voluntarily met with Fulton detectives Wednesday afternoon. Her attorney is now meeting with Scott Smith, Aimee Michael’s attorney.

Police have indicated that Sheila Michael knew about the crash several days after the incident and helped arrange for the BMW to be repaired.

Detectives also agreed not to charge Aimee Michael’s grandmother, who was questioned by police last week, nor the people who repaired the BMW, Rockwell said Wednesday.


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