COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- A chain reaction crash that left mangled cars on I-71 and killed two sisters and a 34-year-old man early Sunday morning may have been caused by a drunk driver, police now say.
Corey Johnson, 31, first hit a median on the highway, then hit another vehicle, setting off the four-car crash, according to investigators. Aniza Abdi-Karim, an 18-year-old senior at Centennial High School, and her 20-year-old sister Amal Mohamed were both killed when their vehicle was hit. Their 15-year-old sister was also injured and rushed to the hospital, but is expected to survive.
The driver of a third car, Gabriel Akomeah, 34, was also killed. Two others in a fourth car were injured and taken to the hospital.
The crash happened around 1:30 a.m. Sunday. Officers suspected Johnson was under the influence, saying his eyes were glassy and bloodshot and that he smelled of alcohol. Johnson was taken to Grant Medical Center in critical condition after the crash. Police say they got a search warrant to take blood samples to determine if he was under the influence, but that it will take some time to get results.
A passenger in Johnson's car, Ravan Shepard, 24, was also hospitalized in critical condition.