Brother and sister killed, two children hurt after car chase in east Columbus
Two people died and two children were injured after a high-speed car crash in east Columbus Sunday morning.
Just before 1:30 a.m. on James Road, south of Livingston Ave, a car fled from deputies after a traffic stop. The driver then started to drive at an accelerated speed, hit the left side of the roadway and rolled through several yards. The car then hit up against a home. Both the driver and passenger were ejected from the vehicle.
The driver, who was later identified as 27-year-old Tabaughn Collins, and passenger, 25-year-old Olivia Collins, were pronounced dead at the scene. The sheriff's office said the pair were siblings.
Ryan Nicodemus lives right across the street from where the accident happened. He said he woke up from flashing cruiser lights.
"I open the door and look over there and I saw the bodies just laying there," said Nicodemus. " It was hard to deal with. Very hard to deal with. I'm like still thinking about it."
Two young children were in the backseat of the car in car seats. They were both taken to Children’s Hospital in stable condition according to police.
The names of the victims haven't been released yet.
There's no evidence alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash. According to police, neither the driver nor the passenger were wearing a seat belt during the crash.
Anyone with information about the victims should call the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Accident Investigation Unit at 614-525-6113.