COLUMBUS (WCMH) — It was just before sunrise this morning when a sixth grader at Woodward Park Middle School was hit and killed running across Karl Road on Columbus’ northeast side.
Columbus police said 11-year-old Favour Agu was headed to school with a couple of classmates when he was apparently hit by two vehicles, and he was not in the marked crosswalks.
Neighbor Rick Marsh witnessed the terrible scene in front of his home.
“It must have been right after the accident I seen the one of the drivers or someone standing by giving CPR and then the ambulances came,” said Marsh.
He said it was still very dark outside. “It was just getting light you couldn’t see nothing, I didn’t see him,” Marsh said.
He said the street light near the intersection goes off before the sun comes up. “I have been at that COTA stop and the bus drives right past me, because it can’t see me,” he said.
Columbus police Sgt. Duane Mabry said Woodward Park Middle School is struggling with the death of the student.
“Woodward Park has counselors on scene, we’ve called Netcare they have counselors on scene for witnesses,” Sgt. Mabry said.
He said several children and adults witnessed Agu being hit. “I can tell you there were a couple vehicles involved in it, I can tell you the child was on foot crossing the street,” Mabry said.
Police said three children have been hit and killed by vehicles in the last two weeks. “This is the second one of these fatalities in the last 24 hours,” said Mabry.
The crash is still under investigation. Police said they had a difficult time notifying the family and reminds parents to update their emergency contact info with their child’s school.
Columbus City Schools Spokesperson Jackie Bryant said, the have counselors in the school and classes have not been cancelled, school will be dismissed at 2:30pm.