CPD: Wrong way driver leaves one man dead in head-on crash early Saturday

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — One person is dead following a crash around 3 a.m. Saturday on SR-315 southbound at Lane Avenue.

According to Columbus Police, the victim was driving southbound approaching Lane Avenue in a 2007 Honda Civic. At the same time, a 2020 Honda CR-V, driven by Emily Pratt, 31, of Pataskala, was driving north in the southbound lanes on SR-315 approaching the same area.

The two vehicles then crashed head-on, police said.

Both drivers were taken to Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, where the driver of the Honda Civic was pronounced dead at 4 a.m.

Officials shut down 315 southbound for about four hours Saturday morning as they worked the scene.

OHGO traffic camera video shows the aftermath of the crash, with two cars on opposite ends of the southbound lanes surrounded by shattered glass and other debris.

The identification of the victim is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin.

Officials continue to investigate.

This is the 29th reported fatal crash, resulting in 32 deaths, within Columbus city limits for 2021.

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