Bond set at $500k, trial to start Aug. 17 for woman charged with killing four in fiery crash

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A Blacklick woman was arraigned Wednesday in connection with a March car crash that killed four members of a family from Powell.

Laylah Bordeau appeared via video link from the Delaware County Jail. She pleaded not guilty to eight counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, for allegedly crossing the median on I-71 in Delaware County and striking another vehicle head-on.

Abigail Sperl, 38; Brian Sperl, 42; Lincoln Sperl, 11; and Bastion Sperl, 14, were all killed in the crash.

According to the state, Bordeau was traveling north on I-71 when she crashed through the metal barrier, in the median, and slammed into the Toyota RAV4 that was carrying the Sperl family. Payton Thompson, a Delaware County assistant prosecutor, told the court both vehicles then hit a semitruck and the RAV4 rolled several times before exploding.

Bordeau was hospitalized for her injuries.

According to Thompson, a blood test confirmed more than 92.54 nanograms per milliliter of fentanyl were in Bordeau’s blood, in addition to 59.77 nanograms per milliliter of norfentanyl.

“Upon speaking to the crime lab analyst, she was shocked at this result,” said Thompson. “This is an outrageously high amount of fentanyl to be present in someone’s blood. It was so much so that it was one of the highest test results that the crime lab had seen.”

The judge, on Wednesday, maintained Bordeau’s bond which was set at $500,000.

The trial in this case is scheduled to begin on Aug. 17.

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