One person died following a head-on collision in southeast Columbus on Sunday, October 3rd. Wrong-way driving appeared to have caused the accident.
According to the Columbus Police Department, the collision occurred around 8:48 a.m. near the intersection of Noe Bixby and Laraine Court. The police said Paula Kennedy of Columbus was southbound on Noe Bixby Road in a 2019 Nissan Rogue when her vehicle collided with a car driven by a Worthington man.
The man was northbound in the southbound lanes in a 2022 Mercedes SL. The police said the Mercedes was reported stolen. They added that the man crossed from the northbound lane into the southbound lane. Kennedy suffered life-threatening injuries, and medics took her to Grant Medical Center where she died.
The paramedics took the man to Mt. Carmel East in stable condition. According to the Madison Township Police, one of their officers was involved briefly in the occurrence. The officer tried stopping the allegedly stolen vehicle a few minutes before the crash. However, the car ran a red light and continued out of the officer’s line of sight, and it did not result in a pursuit.
The head-on collision in southeast Columbus remains under investigation, but there are no charges at this time. The collision is the 77th fatal traffic crash in Columbus in 2021. There is no additional information at this time.
In an accident of this nature, the fault party faces a criminal charge and a civil action. The latter involves an insurance claim or a lawsuit to get financial compensation. Where the victim dies, their legal beneficiaries would commence a wrongful death claim for settlement.
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