Columbus police: J.R. Allen Parkway wreck was a suicide attempt

A 23-year-old Fort Mitchell woman accused of causing a Tuesday traffic wreck on J.R. Allen Parkway will be charged with aggravated assault and reckless driving for what police are calling a suicide attempt, investigators said.

Amanda Gayle Henderson is in satisfactory condition at The Medical Center after she crossed the median while traveling east near the Schomburg road exit and ran into the back of a westbound tractor-trailer around 6:30 p.m., police said.

A tire from the back of the trailer crossed the median and hit another car traveling east. Henderson’s lower body was crushed, but no one else was injured.

The wreck that snarled traffic for more than a hour was an attempted suicide, not an accident, police said today.

“There is no accident report because it wasn’t an accident. She intentionally did what she did,” Columbus police Lt. Tony Danford said.

Based on information officers gathered in their investigation, Henderson intentionally rammed her Mazda Protege into the tandem wheels on the back of the tractor-trailer, Danford said.

“Basically she used her car as a weapon against that man in the truck,” he said.

Police still are trying to determine how fast Henderson was driving, Danford said. She will not be charged until she is released from the hospital, he said.