Woman Murdered 10-Year-Old Daughter by Crashing Into Big Rig, Police Say
Mentor, OH – An Ohio woman is facing murder charges after police say she intentionally drove in front a semi-truck in January, which resulted in the death of her 10-year-old daughter.
On Monday, the Mentor Police Department (MPD) announced Kia Ferguson, 38, of South Euclid, is facing multiple charges — including murder — following the January 2019 death of her daughter, Ji Ferguson.
The fatal accident occurred around 12:30 a.m. on January 25, 2019.
According to authorities, Ferguson was driving a 2008 Chevrolet SUV eastbound on snowy Interstate 90, between State Route 615 and State Route 306 with her two children, ages 10 and 6, when she pulled into the median.
A witness who called 9-1-1 to report the incident said Ferguson’s SUV then pulled directly into the path of a big rig traveling westbound.
Ferguson’s vehicle was struck by a UPS semi-truck driven by Ralph Lansu, 56, of Strongsville.
The impact of the crash pushed the Chevy down an embankment.
Ferguson and the left-rear passenger, 6-year-old Kobe Ferguson, were transported to a nearby hospital in critical condition.
Ferguson’s 10-year-old daughter, Ji, who was traveling in the right-rear passenger seat, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Lansu was uninjured in the accident.
A nine month investigation by MPD following the incident revealed Ferguson “intentionally” pulled her vehicle in front of the semi, authorities said in a press release obtained by Transportation Nation Network (TNN).
The case was turned over to the Lake County Prosecutor and the Lake County Grand Jury for consideration of formal charges.
MPD announced Ferguson was arrested and charged last week on six felony accounts, including Aggravated Murder, Murder, Attempted Murder, Attempted Aggravated Murder, Felonious Assault, and Endangering Children.
Ferguson pleaded not guilty on all charges in Lake County Common Pleas Court last Wednesday.
She has since been released on $50,000 bond.
Following the accident, Ji’s grandmother, Rossana McCrary, set up a GoFundMe account that raised over $20,000 for Ferguson as she and her son recovered.
TNN will continue to keep you updated on developments.