Woman sentenced for intentional crash that killed daughter

Posted at 9:39 PM, August 12, 2020 and last updated 10:33 PM, August 7, 2023

MENTOR, Ohio (AP) — A woman who intentionally drove into the path of a semitrailer on an interstate, killing her 10-year-old daughter and severely injuring her 6-year-old son, has been sentenced to 18 years to life in prison.

Kia Ferguson | Photo: Lake County Sheriff’s Office

Kia Ferguson, 38, of South Euclid, will also have her driver’s license suspended for life under the sentence imposed late last month. She had pleaded guilty in June to murder and attempted murder charges.

The crash in Mentor occurred in January 2019. Authorities have said Ferguson purposely pulled out in front of the semitrailer that was traveling on Interstate 90 westbound between state Routes 206 and 615.

The semitrailer’s driver wasn’t injured.

Ferguson’s attorneys have said that in the months before the crash, she was working in a high-pressure job and her mental wellness began to decrease. Things worsened when she was fired from the job.