Hit-and-run accident kills Scioto graduate
A 20-year-old Dublin Scioto High School graduate died after a hit-and-run accident on Sawmill Road last Friday.
According to Columbus police, Jeffrey T. Stevenson was hit by a vehicle as he rode his bicycle on Sawmill Road south of Sawbury Boulevard around 3:30 a.m. last Friday. The vehicle left the crash scene; no arrest had been made as of press time Tuesday.
Stevenson was pronounced dead at Riverside Methodist Hospital last Friday afternoon, Columbus police said.
Stevenson had just finished his sophomore year at the Columbus College of Art and Design. He was an illustration major.
"Jeffrey was a bright and talented individual who showed much promise as a young artist," a statement from the school said. "We grieve the loss of our friend and student whose life has been cut short by this tragedy, and send our heartfelt condolences to his mother and other loved ones."
Scioto High School art teacher Ben Schall said he "thought the world" of Stevenson.
"I had him for four years in painting and sketching and I thought he was very good," Schall said. "The thing that probably stood out the most in my mind is his creativity and work ethic. He was always able to put his personality into his artwork."
Schall said Stevenson was "really loved" by the entire art department at Scioto High School. His work made it to the governor's art show for three years.
"That's very rare," Schall said.
Most recently, Stevenson was one of four CCAD students to have artwork accepted for the New York Society of Illustrators' 2010 Exhibition, the school said.
"I've never heard a bad thing said about him," Schall said. "He was a hard kid to get to know because he was very quiet and reserved, but once kids got to know him, he was absolutely beloved. And he wasn't just part of the art community (at Scioto). He had a lot of buddies he would skate with. He was a neat kid."
Anyone with information on the crash can contact the Columbus police accident investigation unit at (614) 645-4767.