UPDATE: Victim identified in U.S. 23 crash.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – An 11-year-old girl was killed Tuesday morning when the car she was riding in was struck by a semi along U.S. 23 in northern Columbus.
Columbus police said the accident happened about 6:30 a.m. A Kia in the northbound lanes of U.S. 23 and attempting to turn left onto Lazelle Road was struck by a semi traveling south. The road was closed for several hours after.
The girl has not been named, but Worthington schools Superintendent Trent Bowers said she was a sixth-grader at Perry Middle School. The driver of the Kia was the girl’s stepmother and is an employee of the school district.
“We understand that the loss of a young life is an unimaginable tragedy, and our thoughts and condolences go out to the family, friends, and loved ones affected by this loss,” Bowers wrote in a message to parents. “The student was a beloved member of our school community, and her passing has left a void that will be felt by all those who knew her.”
Bowers said counselors and support staff would be made available.
The girl was pronounced dead at the scene. The stepmother and the driver of the semi were taken to Riverside Methodist Hospital, and Columbus police said both are expected to recover.