Woman convicted in SW Ohio crash that killed utility worker

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio woman has been convicted of aggravated vehicular homicide in a 2015 crash that injured several utility workers, one fatally.

Jurors in Butler County deliberated for several hours Friday before finding 24-year-old Michele Schuster (SHOO’-stur) guilty on five counts, including aggravated vehicular assault and operating a vehicle under the influence.

Police say Schuster’s car swerved across a center line April 22, hitting Duke Energy subcontractor workers. A 24-year-old Norwood woman later died; four more people were hurt.

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

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