COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – A woman is dead after a stolen car she was driving crashed into a pole and caught fire, shutting down a westside intersection twice, according to Columbus police.
A witness told police that an unidentified woman was seen driving a 2017 Hyundai Elantra that ran a red light before crashing into a pole at the intersection of Georgesville Road at Sullivant Avenue at around 2 a.m. Wednesday morning.
The car, which had previously been reported stolen, caught fire. An officer tried to break the window to rescue the driver but was unable to get inside. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
After the intersection was shut down, it reopened at 5 a.m. but closed again after crews tried to remove the car and the fire reignited. It reopened again by 5:55 a.m.
CPD has not said when the car was stolen, who it belongs to, or what led to the crash. The ongoing investigation resulted in the closure of the intersection twice.
This is the 76th fatal traffic crash in Columbus for 2022.
Police have not released the identity of the woman.