TOWN AND COUNTRY, Mo. – A woman who made headlines after she was accused of lighting fireworks inside a gasoline-soaked SUV with her children in the backseat was found dead Tuesday morning.
Kara Koriath, 44, was charged with driving while intoxicated, second-degree assault, and child endangerment. In February, prosecutors added two counts of first-degree assault.
Court documents allege Koriath woke her two teenage children up early Nov. 20, 2013 and lied to them, saying their grandmother was having a heart attack.
While driving down the highway, Koriath's 2008 GMC Acadia became engulfed in flames. Police later determined the vehicle had been soaked in gasoline, and packages of fireworks were placed and tied together with fuses and pipe cleaners throughout the vehicle. Mortar shells had also been fastened to the head rests.
Koriath's kids suffered smoke inhalation and burns.
After the incident authorities found suicide letters, a will and testament, and a new life insurance policy inside her home. Police say she also sent "goodbye" texts to her married boyfriend after he refused to leave his wife. One of her texts to him said "it will haunt you every day of your life."
A Town and Country official confirmed to NewsChannel5 Koriath committed suicide. She was found dead shortly before police were called at 7:23 a.m.
Police say Koriath bonded out of jail Feb. 27, was on house arrest, and was required to wear an electronic monitoring device.