Teen pleads guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide in crash that killed pedestrian


COLUMBUS - A teenager who hit and killed a pedestrian during a high-speed chase has entered a guilty plea.

Ramadhan Muridi pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide, failure to stop after an accident, failure to comply and two counts of receiving stolen property.

On February 26, 2019, Muridi was 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.

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Muridi failed to stop after hitting spike strips and continued on when he hit 61-year-old Arthur L. Smith as he was crossing South Hamilton Road before 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.

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

Muridi was indicted on six counts. A second count of failure to comply was dropped.

Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 6.

The chase led to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office to change its policy on pursuits.

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