Police Identify Officers Seriously Injured In Cruiser Collision


UPDATED: Wednesday November 7, 2012 5:50 PM

Columbus Police officials said that two officers suffered serious injuries when their cruisers collided Tuesday night.

Officers Joseph Ritch and Matthew Mitchell were responding to a report of an armed robbery when their vehicles struck each other at Ontario Street and E. 25th Avenue around 8 p.m.

Police said the officers were told before the crash that a victim was following the suspects involved in the armed robbery.

Lashondra Hickman heard the crash and then saw the two police vehicles right outside of her grandmother's home.

"If we didn't have the trees, it could have been my grandma's house," said Hickman. "The impact shook the entire house. It scared me. I thought the police car actually hit the house or something"

Tire marks could still be found 20 feet from the front porch.

"The fact that it was that close, scary, oh my God," said Hickman.

Both officers had to be extricated from their vehicles and rushed to local hospitals.

Investigators said they believe that Mitchell ran the stop sign at Ontario Street and struck Ritch's cruiser.

Mitchell suffered severe head trauma and remained hospitalized on Wednesday.

Ritch has been with the Columbus Division of Police for six years. Mitchell was hired in 2010.

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