Rachel Rene Schidecker, the Laura, Ohio teenager who allegedly caused a crash on August 11, 2012 in Harrison Township that killed a Missouri woman was arrested in Columbus, Ohio on March 27, 2013.
Schidecker’s blood alcohol level was 0.236% when she drove the wrong way on Interstate 75 through downtown Dayton. Several 9-1-1 calls were made, but police could not intervene quickly enough and Schidecker’s white Ford Explorer hit a red Chevy Blazer near the Neva Road exit in Harrison Township. The impact of the crash sent the Blazer into the path of a semi-truck, and the SUV became lodged underneath the trailer. The tractor-trailer dragged the Blazer for several hundred feet, causing it to burst into flames. The driver, David Wilson, of Kansas City was partially ejected and suffered serious injuries. Good Samaritans pulled Wilson from the burning vehicle. Wilson’s passenger, 39-year old Chereece Rule, also of Kansas City was pinned inside the vehicle and was not able to be rescued. Witnesses reported hearing Rule screaming before the flames took her life.
Schidecker has been indicted by a Montgomery County grand jury on several felony counts including Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, a felony of the 2nd degree. She was initially transported to the Franklin County Jail where a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy picked her up early in the morning of the 28th. She was transported to the Montgomery County Jail in Dayton where she was released after posting a $250,000 bond.
The mugshots from Franklin and Montgomery County are a stark contrast to the pictures of Schidecker before the crash. She appears to be a broken down, emotionally woman who is facing the realization of several years in prison if convicted. Schidecker will appear in court again in late April. As a condition of her release on bond, she must wear an electronic ankle bracelet.