Pedestrian injured as Franklin County deputies pursue vehicle

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Pedestrian injured as Franklin County deputies pursue vehicle

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A pedestrian was injured Tuesday afternoon while deputies pursued a vehicle in southeast Columbus.

According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, it started around 2:20 p.m. when a sheriff’s office lieutenant ran the plates of a car traveling east on U.S. 33 and found that it was reported stolen out of Lansing, Michigan.

The deputy began following the car and called for assistance from the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office. That’s when the sheriff’s office said the driver tried to take off.

The pursuit briefly entered Fairfield County, but the suspect made a U-turn and headed back into Franklin County. stop sticks were used in the area of U.S. 33 and Bixby Road.

The suspect then got off of U.S. 33 at Hamilton Road. While on Hamilton Road, investigators say the suspect hit a pedestrian who was crossing the road. The pedestrian was taken to Grant Medical Center in critical condition; he is in the ICU in stable condition. 

Deputies identified the pedestrian as Arthur L. Smith III.

Franklin County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Marc Gofstein said investigators have not yet determined how fast the car was going.

Gofstein said the car was forced off the road a short time later and stopped in someone’s yard. Five teens got out of the car and tried to flee. All of them were apprehended.

The driver of the car was identified as 16-year-old Ramadhan H. Muridi, of Lansing, Michigan.

Deputies said several credit cards and a skimmer were also located.

Southbound Hamilton Road is closed in the area of Winchester Pike.

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