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South Euclid mother who intentionally pulled out in front of semi on I-90, killing 10YO daughter, sentenced to 18 years to life

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Posted at 9:36 AM, Aug 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-11 09:36:37-04

MENTOR, Ohio — A South Euclid mother, who intentionally pulled out in front of a semi-truck on I-90 in January 2019, was sentenced to 18 years to life in prison for the crash that killed her 10-year-old daughter and injured her 6-year-old son, according to court records from the Lake County Court of Common Pleas.

Kia Ferguson, 38, pleaded guilty to murder and attempted murder. She was sentenced to a total of 18 years to life at the Ohio Reformatory for Women, with 49 days of credit for time served, according to court records.

Her driver’s license will be suspended for life on each count.

On Jan. 25 at around 12:26 a.m., a Chevy driven by Ferguson pulled out in front of a semi truck traveling on I-90 westbound between State Route 206 and State Route 615.

The impact pushed the Chevy down an embankment. Her 6-year-old son was in critical condition at the time of the crash and her 10-year-old daughter, identified as Ji Ferguson, who was the right-rear passenger inside the car died at the scene.

Following a 9-month investigation, Mentor police said “it became clear Ferguson intentionally pulled in front of the semi-truck.”


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