Pedestrian dies after getting out of damaged car on I-70, running into truck

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Columbus Division of Police says a man died after he got out of his damaged car on the freeway.

Police say Almamy Coumbassa of Reynoldsburg was driving eastbound on I-70 in his Honda Accord at approximately 4:50am Thursday. He was driving in the center lane. As a tractor-trailer attempted to pass him on the left, Coumbassa’s car moved to the left and hit the side of the truck. Coumbassa stopped his car in the center lane, and the truck driver moved over to the shoulder.

Another truck driver was eastbound on I-70, behind Coumbassa. He moved his truck to the right lane to pass. Coumbassa’s driver side door was damaged; police say he got out on the passenger side and started to run south, but ran into the side of the second tractor-trailer as the driver was passing him.

Coumbassa was taken to Grant Medical Center and died in surgery later in the morning.

Police say this is the 8th traffic fatality in Columbus in 2017. 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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