A warrant for aggravated vehicular homicide was issued Monday, July 17, for a man's arrest after Columbus police say he was driving a vehicle that struck and killed a woman.
Andrew Fabal, 31, of northeast Columbus was driving a yellow 1992 Honda Civic on West Broad Street, just west of Sylvan Avenue, slightly before 11 p.m. July 15, according to a police report. He had just left a car-stereo store on West Broad Street.
Fabal, who was cited for driving without a valid driver's license a few weeks earlier, struck 49-year-old Denise Nunziato as she crossed West Broad Street, walking south, the report said.
Nunziato was thrown 122 feet after she was hit, the report states. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police reports said Fabal was going faster than the posted 35-mph speed limit and did not stop. He faces a felony charge of hit-skip.
Fabal continued to head east before making a U-turn to drive past Nunziato's body and return to the car stereo store, where he stored the Honda in a garage and then left, the report states. Police impounded the vehicle.
Records show that Fabal was stopped June 26 in Franklin Township for driving on a suspended license. According to the arrest report, Fabal has had a suspended license since June 2014 for noncompliance. In Ohio, a noncompliance suspension is enforced when a driver cannot provide proof of insurance, according to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles website.
Nunziato's death marks the 27th traffic fatality in Columbus thus far this year. Last year, 59 people were killed in traffic-related incidents. Of those, more than a third were pedestrian deaths.