COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — New details have emerged on a fatal hit-and-run accident last week on Morse Road that a Columbus police officer has been connected to.
Police said Monday that Naimo Mahdi Abdirahman, 26, was attempting to cross Morse Road near Walford Street at 2:41 a.m. Wednesday when she was struck by a 2022 Kia Sorento. A passenger got out of the vehicle to check on Abdirahman and told witnesses to call the police.
Abdirahman was pronounced dead at the scene.
A woman driving the Kia continued east on Morse Road, turned on Malin Street, and returned on the service road to pick up the passenger before driving away.
The passenger is believed to be Officer Demetris Ortega. Although Columbus police have not confirmed this, they did say an officer was relieved of duty in connection to the accident, and Mark Collins, an attorney, has said he is representing Ortega.
The names of the driver has yet to be released.