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Columbus Police Department share new details in fatal hit and run near Morse road

Columbus Police vehicles outside the division headquarters.
David Holm

The Columbus Police Department released new details about a hit-and-run that left a woman dead near Morse Road.

Naimo Abdirahman tried to cross Morse Road near Walford Street at 2:41 a.m. last Wednesday, when she was hit by a car, police said in a news release.

At a press conference Monday, Columbus Police confirmed that the car belonged to an off-duty officer. No chargers or suspects have been named in the investigation. CPD spokesman Sgt. James Fuqua said the police officer was relieved of duty.

“Because there’s potential criminal charges that are facing whomever was driving that car, he has now been relieved of that until further investigation,” Fuqua said.

In an email to WOSU, Fuqua said the car belongs to Demetrius Ortega:

"Again, we have not named any suspects nor have we named anyone in the car at the time of the accident. We have only confirmed officer Demetrius Ortega was relieved of duty pending an administrative investigation connected to the hit-skip."

In the report, bystanders told police that they saw a woman driving the vehicle. A male passenger left the car to check on Abdirahman and told witnesses to call the police. The driver continued to drive before picking up the passenger and left the scene.

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