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Police identify bicyclist killed in east Columbus hit-and-run crash

Police said 23-year-old Franklin Johnson Jr. was riding his bicycle eastbound on East Broad Street, west of Cardinal Park Drive, when a vehicle hit him from behind.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Columbus Division of Police has identified a bicyclist who was killed in a hit-and-run crash on the east side of the city on Jan. 9.

Columbus police officers were called to the area of East Broad Street and Cardinal Park Drive around 7:30 a.m. after a Central Ohio Transit Authority bus driver saw a man lying on the ground.

The man, identified as 23-year-old Franklin Johnson Jr., was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:40 a.m.

Investigators said Johnson was riding his bicycle eastbound in the right lane of East Broad Street when a vehicle hit him from behind.

Police said the driver and vehicle did not remain at the scene but detectives are following leads.  

Police said a vehicle of interest has been impounded and being checked for evidence.

If anyone has information on the crash, they are asked to call Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at  614-461-8477.

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