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Teen indicted for aggravated vehicular homicide in crash that killed pedestrian

Prosecutor Ron O'Brien announced Thursday that the Franklin County Grand Jury returned an indictment against Ramadhan H. Muridi, 16 for killing a pedestrian.
Teen indicted for Aggravated Vehicular Homicide in crash that killed pedestrian in stolen vehicle / WBNS-TV

COLUMBUS - A 16-year-old who hit and killed a pedestrian during a high-speed chase has been indicted on multiple charges including aggravated vehicular homicide.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced the indictment against Ramadhan Muridi.

On February 26, 2019, Muridi is accused of hitting and killing 61-year-old Arthur L. Smith as he was crossing South Hamilton Road.

Muridi was allegedly driving a Chevrolet Cruz that was stolen from Lansing, Michigan and was driving a high rate of speed when officers attempted to make a traffic stop.

The vehicle failed to stop after hitting spike strips and continued traveling recklessly causing him to hit Smith and then crashing the vehicle.

Three months after the crash, Smith died from his injuries.

Muridi was driving with four other juveniles from ages 12-15 who all jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot but were apprehended a short time after.

“The tragic death of this pedestrian was the result of this teenager’s excessive speed and reckless driving,” O’Brien said.

In August, a Franklin County Juvenile Court Judge ruled that Muridi will be tried as an adult.

Muridi has been indicted for one count of aggravated vehicular homicide, one count of failure to stop after an accident, two counts of failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, and two counts of receiving stolen property, totaling six counts.

Arraignment for Muridi is set for September 13.

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