Driver of pickup that ‘seemed to fall out of the sky’ to be sentenced May 1

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Samantha Davis, 28, pictured Friday, March 1, 2019, is standing trial on aggravated vehicular homicide charges after she is alleged to have been driving a pickup that plummeted from an overpass onto Interstate 71, crushing a car below and killing a woman and her daughter on Aug. 6, 2016. One of her attorneys, Philip Stephens, is at right.

Samantha Davis, 28, pictured Friday, March 1, 2019, is standing trial on aggravated vehicular homicide charges after she is alleged to have been driving a pickup that plummeted from an overpass onto Interstate 71, crushing a car below and killing a woman and her daughter on Aug. 6, 2016. One of her attorneys, Philip Stephens, is at right. (Photo: Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer)

The driver of a pickup that plummeted from an overpass, crushing a car on the highway below is now scheduled to be sentenced May 1.

The sentencing had been scheduled for Tuesday in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court, but was moved. 

Samantha Davis, 28, was found guilty last month of two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide as well as drug possession charges.

A woman and her daughter were killed in the 2016 crash, which happened as they were driving on Interstate 75 to attend the University of Cincinnati’s graduation.

Davis’ attorney said a damaged tire on the rusting, 1995 Dodge Ram caused the crash. Jurors found that she had been driving recklessly.

Davis had prescription pain pills and a straw stashed in her clothing. Prosecutors said she was under the influence of the drugs at the time of the crash, but she denied it.

Davis, then a server at a Sharonville restaurant, was driving to work that morning when she apparently lost control of the pickup on the overpass leading from northbound Interstate 71 to Interstate 275 west. She was ejected from the pickup and it continued over the concrete barrier.

Sandra Tell, 67, and her daughter, 41-year-old Sabrina Miller, were driving from Wilmington to Clifton to pick up Miller’s daughter, who was graduating that day.

An eyewitness in a nearby car said the pickup seemed to fall out of the sky.

Davis, the mother of two children, faces a maximum of 18 years in prison. The case is before Judge Melba Marsh. https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/crime/crime-and-courts/2019/04/22/samantha-davis-sentenced-crash-killed-two/3541910002/

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