Friends in disbelief after 15-year-old dies in hit-and-run crash

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ohio (WCMH) – Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies said Monday they had located a minivan that may have been involved in a fatal hit and run crash over the weekend.

hit and run foloLate Saturday night, Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott said William Scarberry, 15, was riding his bicycle southbound on U.S. 62 north of Ransburg Avenue when he was hit from behind by a vehicle. He fell off his bike and was hit by two other cars heading northbound.

“The person who was driving it apparently has said they thought they may have hit a deer with this vehicle, potentially at that location,” Sheriff Scott said.

When Melina Morley heard her friend Will Scarberry had died this weekend, she said she didn’t believe it.

CREDIT: Melina Morley
CREDIT: Melina Morley

“What do you mean, who died?” Morley said. “I said, ‘No, you’re just kidding, right?’”

Dozens of people gathered at the intersection of U.S. 62 and Ransburg Avenue Monday night for a vigil, holding candles in Scarberry’s memory.

“He was really a nice person when you got to know him,” Morley said. “He was sweet, caring, the most caring person you could ever meet.”

She described him as a quiet, reserved boy who loved bodybuilding.

“I still don’t believe it,” Morley said. “I really don’t, like I just [saw] it on the news and my mom just started bawling her eyes out.” 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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