Homicide investigation underway after victim crashes into home near Canal Winchester


COLUMBUS, Ohio - Officials with the Columbus Division of Fire said the driver of a vehicle is dead after a crash into a home near Canal Winchester Sunday afternoon.

Columbus Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin says crews were dispatched to the 6300 block of Georges Creek Drive shortly after 4:20 p.m.

The vehicle hit the multi-family home and was reported to be on fire. Martin says the driver of the vehicle was found dead and suffered severe burns from the fire.

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Columbus police are investigating the death as a homicide.

The fire was contained at around 4:45 p.m. Martin says no injuries from inside the building have been reported at this time.

Police said a second victim fled from the vehicle when the car hit the building. He suffered minor injuries.

Several neighbors including Mirella Rodriquez reported hearing three gunshots and then the loud bang of a car crashing into the apartment building.

“You don’t even hear like tires or nothing you just hear boom and the car ran into the house.”

Rodriquez says several neighbors also jumped into action to save a neighbor trapped inside of the burning apartment. She was able to jump down from a second-story window, into the arms of three people on the ground.

An investigation is underway to determine what started the fire.

The identity of the victim has not been released at this time.

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