Alcohol and speed appear to be factors in a crash on Saturday in which a 7-year-old girl was killed and several others were injured, according to the Columbus Division of Police, who say the crash was captured on a crime camera in the area.
The crash occurred on 12th and Cleveland avenues at around 5:30 p.m. Saturday when the SUV was traveling at a high rate of speed southbound in the left lane on Cleveland Avenue as it was approaching East 12th Avenue, according to police.
The SUV came upon a slower vehicle and veered to the right crossing through the right southbound lane and off the right side of the roadway, according to police.
After leaving the roadway the SUV struck a utility pole, then a vehicle stopped on 12th Avenue and then came to rest on its top, police said.
One child in the vehicle was partially ejected, police said.
Police transported five children to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, including one in critical condition.
The driver of the flipped vehicle was transported to Grant Medical Center.
The 7-year-old girl was pronounced dead at 7:15 p.m., according to police.
Jazmine Smith said she saw it all.
“That’s messed up. That’s so messed. Because it’s from me seeing it. I never seen nothing like that before,” said Smith.
“As the car was like flipping. You um, you seen the kids. They was like tumbling,” said Smith.
She ran over to help as she just happened to be passing by.
“It was so loud. All you seen was like dust. It was like smoke everywhere,” said Smith.
Through that dark plume, Smith said she eventually saw the driver of the SUV. She said she jumped in to help a child that was still stuck inside as the driver grabbed another child.
“He grabbed the little girl and her face was gone, and she was lifeless, and he stood there,” Smith sobbed.
Smith is finding it hard to cope. She wishes she could have done more.
The 7-year-old child’s death is the city’s 12th traffic-related fatality of 2019.