Family hopes new video leads to break in hit-skip case that left girl, 16, in a coma


COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Police say they are looking for a vehicle that left a girl in critical condition after a hit-skip crash in east Columbus, and the girl’s family is hoping it will lead to a break in the case.  

According to Columbus Police, at approximately 11:27 p.m., July 2, 16-year-old Ablessen was riding an electric scooter near the intersection of East Main Street and Carpenter Street on the east side of the city.

A vehicle was traveling east on East Main Street near the same intersection. Police said the vehicle crossed over into the opposite lane, passed two other vehicles, and crossed into the westbound curb lane, hitting the girl.

“I honestly hope this video that gets aired is the winner,” said Ablessen’s aunt, Malika Isom.

Ablessen was taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital where her family said she remains in a coma and has been for the last 11 days.

“We’d go to sleep thinking one thing and we’d wake up the next day and it’s just something different,” Isom said. “As of now, all we know for sure is she’s still in the coma.”

The driver of the vehicle did not stop at the scene or attempt to help the victim, police said.

After investigating, police say the suspect vehicle involved in the crash is now believed to be a later-model Dodge Challenger or similar domestic sports car, gray in color with a black hardtop, loud exhaust, and dark tinted windows.

“Even if it leads us nowhere, we appreciated everybody,” Melany Harris, Ablessen’s aunt, said. “All the prayers everybody that’s coming together, really being there for Ablessen and also just keep your kids off the scooters. Just keep them off the scooters and just hold them tight because we wish we could be holding our baby right now.”

Isom said every day since the accident has been a toss-up when it comes to Ablessen’s recovery.

“Swelling on the brain has went down, they do have that pretty much under control,” Isom said. “She was having some breathing problems which they’re getting back right and they were saying something on kidney problems she may have that we’re still doing tests on now.”

The suspect vehicle was last seen driving east on East Main Street past Champion Avenue.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Columbus Police at 614-645-0216 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-8477.

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