Police Investigating Crash That Killed Bicyclist, Injured Another In Northeast Columbus

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Columbus Police are investigating a crash that killed a bicyclist and critically injured another in northeast Columbus.

The incident happened at Appian Way and Collier Drive shortly before 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

Police said 59-year-old Ana Maria Illescas-Gallegos was found dead at the scene.

The other victim, 41-year-old Verulo Valladares was taken to Grant Medical Center critical condition, but he has since been upgraded to stable.

Detectives said Illescas-Gallegos was on the road when a car crossed lanes and struck her. The driver then struck Valladares, who was pushing his bike.

Police said the driver originally left the scene, but then came back on his own.

Officers closed the intersection to investigate. They reopened the road Monday morning.

Family and friends of the victims are also returning to the scene beginning a memorial. Neighbor Dustin Floyd is shocked.

“It’s sad to know that that individual’s family members had no idea that family member was gone,” Floyd said. “It’s amazing that in an instant someone could be gone.”

Police believe alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.

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