10-year-old boy killed after being hit by a vehicle

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a traffic crash resulting in the death of a 10-year-old boy.

The crash occurred at approximately 1:16 p.m. According to multiple witnesses, three children were crossing the street in the crosswalk at Strawberry Farms Blvd and State Route 161 northbound toward Buenos Aires Blvd. When the east and westbound lights for SR161 turned green for the traffic to go, the children continued to travel northbound from the median when one child was struck.

The Blendon Township Police Department, The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and the Westerville Division of Fire responded to the scene. The injured boy was transported to the hospital in critical condition by Westerville Fire Medics. The boy died at Nationwide Children’s Hospital at 6:55 PM. He was later identified by officials as 10-year-old Dijon Peoples of Columbus.

Alcohol and drugs do not appear to be a factor in the crash, officials said. The incident remains under investigation.

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