Ohio jury deliberates in case over crash that hurt workers

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — Jurors are trying to decide their verdict in the case of a southwest Ohio woman charged with vehicular homicide in a 2015 crash that injured several utility workers, one fatally.

The charges against 24-year-old Michele Schuster (SHOO’-stur) in Butler County include operating a vehicle under the influence. Jurors began deliberating her case early Friday afternoon.

Police say her car swerved across a center line on April 22, hitting Duke Energy subcontractor workers. Twenty-four-old Amber Rooks of Norwood died May 2; four others were hurt.

Authorities say tests showed Schuster had taken an anti-anxiety drug and a hallucinogenic substance.

She testified that she didn’t take drugs that day and suggested her orange juice was spiked by a man. He denied that and said he met her as a strip club dancer.

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