Man identified in Mound Street fatal crash when vehicle hits church

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)– Columbus police have identified a man who was killed after he allegedly stole a vehicle and crashed into a church.

According to the Columbus Division of Police, at about 2:01 a.m., September 17, 45-year-old William Ziegler was driving a stolen 2000 Saab sedan westbound on West Mound Street when he struck a church in the area of South Wayne Avenue.

A witness told police the vehicle was traveling at speeds well in excess of the speed limit when it failed to make a curve and hit the church.

Ziegler was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police continue to investigate the crash. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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