BALLWIN, MO (KTVI)--The woman accused of trying to kill herself and her sons in response to being jilted by a lover is now in the St. Louis County Jail, but there aren’t many more answers in this chilling case that’s become the talk of the community.
Koriath is charged with felony assault on her own children in what amounts to an attempt at murder-suicide.
Her former home on Barrett Station Road sits vacant now. Neighbors describe the 44 year old mother of two as “industrious.” They clearly find it hard to believe what allegedly happened that morning in November.
Court documents say Koriath woke her sons, ages 13 and 16, telling them their grandmother had had a heart attack. She then allegedly put them in a car loaded with fireworks and accelerants and began driving down Interstate 270. At one point the documents say, she lit a firecracker, and set the car ablaze. Moments later they crashed. Prosecutors believe she was trying to kill them all. She and her sons were instead hospitalized with serious injuries and traffic backed up for miles.
According to prosecutors, one man who was supposed to be in that traffic jam was the married man with whom she was having an affair. In a text chastising him for not leaving his wife, she allegedly told the man "it will haunt you every day of your life." The fiery scene was to be for him according to investigators.
Koriath had been working for Wells Fargo Financial Advisors, but they say she's been gone from that job for some time now.
A talent website lists her as an aspiring actress and model. She boasts of public speaking experience, ability to quickly memorize things, vast knowledge of financial matters and even medical expertise. She says one son has vision problems. She also claims to have been a substitute teacher in the Rockwood School District, something the district could not confirm after checking records dating back to 1995
Koriath is divorced from the father of her boys. We contacted him at his place of business, where a co-worker declined comment on his behalf. No word on where the sons are tonight, other than a mention in court papers that they are still being treated for burns.
Koriath is being held on $200,000 bond. She declined Fox 2’s request for an interview Wednesday.
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A Ballwin woman is accused of assault in an apparent murder suicide attempt that involved wiring her car with fireworks, dousing it with gasoline, then setting off fireworks inside. She allegedly did this while driving down Interstate 270 with her two sons in the car.
The crash happened on 270 in Des Peres back in November. Kara Koriath, 44, and her sons were all seriously injured in the early morning wreck that backed traffic up for miles. But court documents say this was no accident.
The probable cause statement says Koriath had been in a relationship with a married man which was going sour. The night before, she had texted him an ultimatum, demanding he leave his wife for her. Later, a series of what are described as “good bye” texts, including one that said, “it will haunt you every day of your life.”
The statement says Koriath woke up her sons, 13 and 16, and told them their grandmother had had a heart attack. She told them they were going to the hospital to see her. This, according to investigators, was a lie.
The routing along 270, where Koriath allegedly instigated the fiery crash, was the same route the married boyfriend drove daily, taking his own children to school. Prosecutors allege the entire thing was put on for him to see.
Koriath is charged with two counts of first degree assault in the case, both felonies, but prosecutor Bob McCullough says it had all the makings of an attempted murder.
“You wire the car up in that fashion and get the kids up in the middle of the night and put them in the car and take off, and then the explosions start in the car. It was pretty clear what was going on pretty immediately that that was an attempt to do some serious injury, serious harm, if not fatal to the two boys,” he said.
The boys are in the care of another relative.
The last known address for Koriath is now vacant, and the employer she listed on her LinkedIn page, Wells Fargo Advisors, says she no longer works there.
Once she’s in custody she will be held on $200,000 bond.