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Monday, July 8, 2013

Driver who hit cyclist on North Side sought [Dispatch]

Days after a hit-and-run collision that left a 21-year-old bicyclist brain-dead, Columbus police were still looking today for the vehicle that struck him. 

Elijah Smith was taken to Grant Medical Center after he was hit while riding his bicycle home from work about 4 a.m. Wednesday. His father, Rodney Smith, 48, of Canal Winchester, said doctors declared his son brain-dead on Thursday. 

Elijah Smith was struck near Woodland and Woodward avenues on the North Side, said Sgt. Brooke Wilson of the Columbus police accident-investigation unit. Wilson said police were looking for a black 2004 Volkswagen Passat with front-end damage, a smashed windshield and a smashed sunroof. 

Rodney Smith said his son was bicycling to his E. 11th Avenue home from his overnight shift at Plaskolite Inc., an acrylic-sheet manufacturing plant on Joyce Avenue. 

Elijah Smith is on life support at the hospital, Rodney Smith said, but his family and friends haven’t given up on his recovery. “We have been praying every day,” he said. 

Elijah Smith recently had become a father. His son, King, was born on June 22, Rodney Smith said. 

He said his family hopes the driver who hit his son will go to police. “We’re hoping the responsible party will at least step forward and take responsibility,” he said. 

The Columbus Dispatch


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