The Hilliard Division of Police is continuing to investigate the city’s first fatal accident involving a pedestrian and a vehicle in seven years.

Lester Urlin Ferrell Jr., 27, of Minnesota Avenue in northeast Columbus, died July 18, four days after he was struck by a vehicle at Main Street and Wakefield Drive, police said.

Ferrell was walking in a marked crosswalk from the east side to the west side of Main Street when a vehicle traveling south on Main Street struck him, police said.

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.

The report said a 17-year-old Hilliard boy was driving a minivan south on Main Street when he failed to yield to Ferrell and struck him at 4:35 p.m. July 14.

Another vehicle traveling south stopped at the crosswalk but the 17-year-old failed to stop, police said.

According to the report, drugs or alcohol were not considered a factor in the crash, and as of July 20, no charges had been filed.

The fatal accident was the first involving a pedestrian since a predawn accident July 14, 2010, when 35-year-old Carrie Campbell was struck and killed by a motorist while walking along Interstate 270 near the Cemetery Road exit.

On July 18, 2009, Upper Arlington resident Steven H. Barbour, 58, was struck while riding a bicycle just before 6 a.m. by an impaired driver near Cemetery Road and Municipal Way.

Barbour died four days later.

In April 2008, Diane Sharp, 41, a crossing guard at Scioto Darby Elementary School was killed when the driver of a dump truck failed to stop and struck her.

An 8-year-old boy whom witnesses said she sheltered also sustained serious injuries in the crash.




The 27-year-old Columbus man who was struck by a motorist July 14 on Main Street at Wakefield Drive in Hilliard died July 18 from his injuries, according to the Hilliard Division of Police.

The pedestrian was identified as Lester Ferrell, 27, of Columbus, who died July 18, according to Hilliard police.

Ferrell was walking in a marked crosswalk when a 17-year-old motorist driving south on Main Street struck him, said Andrea Litchfield, a Hilliard police spokeswoman.

As of July 19, no charges had been filed against the driver and police are not revealing his identity, but the accident remains under investigation, Litchfield said.