COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Police are investigating after a pedestrian was struck along I-70 in east Columbus.
Columbus firefighters say the pedestrian was struck around 3 a.m., Monday, in the area of Hamilton Road.
One person was pronounced dead.
I-70 westbound was closed while police investigated, but has since reopened.
UPDATE: On December 20, 2021 at approximately 3:04 a.m., Mr. John Doe was observed standing alongside the north side freeway berm of westbound Interstate 70, west of Hamilton Road. This is a non-pedestrian access area and no disabled vehicles were nearby, Columbus Division of Police said in a media release.
For reasons unknown, Mr. Doe then entered the westbound lanes on foot and crossed into the path of an oncoming semi-tractor-trailer truck. Mr. Doe was struck by the truck and was transported to the Grant Medical Center with severe injuries.
Mr. Doe was later pronounced dead, at the hospital, at 3:40 a.m. on the same date.
The Accident Investigation Unit responded to the scene and initiated an investigation which is ongoing. The identity of Mr. John Doe is being withheld at this time, pending positive identification and notification of next of kin.
UPDATE: The victim has been identified as Christopher Flowers, 34, of Dayton.