A 17-year-old Hilliard boy has been charged with a delinquency count of vehicular manslaughter in connection with the death of a pedestrian after the man was struck July 14 on Main Street just north of Wakefield Drive, according to the Hilliard Division of Police.
Hilliard police filed the charge, a second-degree misdemeanor, in the juvenile branch of the Franklin County Common Pleas Court on July 20, said Andrea Litchfield, a spokeswoman for the division. ThisWeek is not naming the boy because he is a juvenile and has not been charged with a felony.
Alcohol or drugs were not a factor in the crash and police have no indication the driver was texting or was distracted, Litchfield said.
According an affidavit in support of probable cause, Hilliard detectives told the court the 17-year-old driver was traveling south on Main Street near Wakefield Drive at 4:35 p.m. July 14 when he struck Lester Urlin Ferrell Jr., 27, of northeast Columbus in a marked crosswalk.
Ferrell was walking from the east side to the west side of Main Street, according to police Chief Bobby Fisher.
Ferrell entered the crosswalk just north of Wakefield Drive, according the police report. It also said a girl was walking with him but she was not struck or injured.
Another vehicle traveling south stopped at the crosswalk but the 17-year-old failed to stop, police said.
Ferrell was transported to an area hospital and died four days later, July 18, from injuries sustained in the accident, police said.