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Circleville man killed in Columbus crash


Staff Reports

COLUMBUS – A Circleville man was killed Saturday in a four-vehicle crash on the I-270 ramp on the south end of Columbus.

Stephen D. Queen, 34, of Circleville, was pronounced dead following the crash that occurred on the ramp from U.S. Route 23 northbound to I-270 West in Hamilton Township.

According to Sheriff Zach Scott, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, a 2004 Mazda MPV minivan, driven by James E. Boggs, 52, of Columbus, became disabled after losing control and striking a concrete wall and guardrail.

The driver of a Ford full-size van, identified as Todd Brown, 50, of Ashville, stopped to check on the crashed Mazda, and his vehicle was struck in the rear by a Chevrolet S10 pickup truck driven by Queen.

As Brown and Queen were outside of their vehicles, a Dodge Ram pickup truck driven by Jessie C. Blair, 31, of Circleville, struck the rear of the Chevrolet, causing it to strike Queen while he was still outside the vehicle. Queen was knocked off the overpass and landed in a grassy area below.

Sheriff Scott said Queen was transported to Mount Carmel East Hospital by Columbus Fire Medic 22 and was later pronounced deceased.

None of the other three drivers reported any injuries in the crash, which remains under investigation.

Sheriff Scott said it is unknown at this time if drugs or alcohol were a factor, but road conditions may have contributed to the crash.

This article originally appeared on The Pickaway News Journal