23-year-old identified as woman found dead in burning car near downtown Columbus

Firefighters found a body in a burning car near downtown Columbus (WBNS/10TV)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Authorities have identified a woman who was found dead in a burning vehicle near downtown Columbus.

A caller told the Columbus Division of Fire about a vehicle fire just before 1 a.m. Tuesday in the 500 block of Nationwide Boulevard, just west of Hocking Street.

Firefighters put out the fire and found the woman’s body in the driver’s seat and contacted police.

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Police identified the woman as 23-year-old Cliona Kelleher.

Police said Kelleher was driving westbound on Nationwide Boulevard and failed to stop or turn into a parking lot before a dead end, causing her to strike the signs and poles.

She continued westbound and struck the abandoned water pumping station. Police said the impact caused the Toyota to catch fire.

The crash remains under investigation.