Family grieving, searching for answers after 17-year-old killed in east Columbus

Jeremiah Mitchell was hit and killed by a car in east Columbus Monday night. (Courtesy: Mitchell family)

A family is searching for answers after police said a 17-year-old boy was hit and killed by a car in east Columbus Monday night.

Jeremiah Mitchell's family said while they have many questions about his death, they tell ABC6/FOX28 they will remember Jeremiah as a young man on the verge of becoming a community leader.

"I have been more careful to tell my family drive safely, be safe when you go home, because you never know when you are going to talk to your family next time,” said Jeremiah's brother Stephen Mitchell, Jr., “because the next time you see them might be in a casket."

His family said there was no one quite like Jeremiah.

"He was sweet and shy, and if you knew him you knew he was really respectable," said his mom Shaba Douglas.

His family said he had goals, like to become a veterinarian.

"He made a huge impact," Douglas said.

Mom said he went on a walk to calm down after an argument Monday.

Then, hours later, she got the devastating news from police that he had been killed.

There were a lot of questions when police first got out to North Nelson Road and Avalon Place Monday night, first word was that it could be a shooting.

But, investigators said after further examination, they believe Mitchell was hit by a vehicle and that is what they are investigating now.

Police have found and identified the driver.

Mitchell's family just wants closure and answers.

"I am missing a piece of me," said his mother.

His grandpa said Jeremiah had written on social media about how dangerous people drive on Nelson Road, the route his family said he used to walk to school.

"He posted on Facebook that the way these people drive on Nelson Road, it is a wonder somebody hasn't gotten hit and killed," said Jeremiah's grandfather Prescotte Brown, "and this was August and September and then this actually happens."

The Franklin County Coroner's Office said this is still in the early stages and there likely won't be any official word for about 12 weeks or so.

No charges have been filed in Jeremiah's death, police said they are still investigating.

Services for Jeremiah are being held Friday December 29th. There will be a viewing at 10 a.m. and services at 11 a.m. at the Marlan J. Gary Chapel of Peace on 2500 Cleveland Avenue in Columbus. His family has set up an account to help pay for the service.

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