COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – More details are emerging about a body that was found Wednesday on a major Columbus road.
Columbus police said an unidentified person was on Interstate 71 South near State Route 104 sometime before 6:15 a.m. Police say the person was struck by a vehicle and knocked to the ground. The person was then struck by at least one other vehicle.
On Thursday evening, police identified the person as Robert Mattingly.
It wasn’t until just after 11 a.m. that police received a call of a possible person on the road. Police and medics responded, with Mattingly pronounced dead at 11:11 a.m.
Police said the injuries were so severe that it was difficult for drivers to know that it was a person involved.
A traffic camera view of the scene showed the southbound lanes of I-71 completely empty at 1:30 p.m. due to the closure of the highway as far back as the I-70/71 split near Downtown.The interstate reopened shortly before 3 p.m.
Before the closure, traffic cameras showed congestion as police directed cars to exit onto Frank Road and then reenter around the scene.
Mattingly’s death marked the 81st traffic fatality in Columbus of the year.