PRESS RELEASE, 6/6/2014

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces indictment of drunk driving grandmother

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Westwood resident Geanna R. Mitchell (DOB 5-12-71) for 2 counts of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide and 1 count of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle (Felony 5).  Count 1, Aggravated Vehicular Homicide (Felony 2), charges her with recklessly killing another while operating her vehicle while under a driver license suspension.  This charge carries the possibility of 2-8 years in prison.  Count 2, Aggravated Vehicular Homicide (Felony 1), charges her with killing another while operating her vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs while under a driver license suspension.  This charge carries the possibility of 3-11 years in prison with at least 3 years mandatory prison time.  Count 3 carries the possibility of 6-12 months in prison.  Count 1 carries a driver’s license suspension of 3 years to life and Count 2 carries a lifetime driver’s license suspension.

Mitchell is charged with driving her daughter Terria Mitchell’s 2003 Ford Explorer (KY license 962 CW) at approximately 9:40 p.m. on May 31st while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and while under a driver license suspension for failure to pay child support.

Earlier in the evening on May 31st, Terria Mitchell went to her mother’s house in Westwood with her 4-year-old son to sleep before going to work.  Terria told her mother not to drive her car.  However, at some point that evening Mitchell took her daughter’s Ford Explorer (without her daughter’s knowledge) and took her 4-year-old grandson, Logan Mitchell, and her own 9-year-old daughter with her.  She drove into Kentucky and on her return into Ohio, while northbound on the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge, she traveled left of center and struck a Toyota Sienna.  Mitchell’s car flipped and rolled over.  Logan was wearing a seat belt but was not in a booster or child car seat as required by Ohio law. He was pronounced dead at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.  No one else in Mitchell’s car or in the other vehicle was injured seriously enough to warrant criminal charges.