Dayton semi driver involved in crash that kills woman, 83, near Columbus

Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 @ 7:58 PM

Officers respond to crash in Hilliard; Dayton semi driver at fault, police say

Police in Hilliard said a Dayton semi-truck driver was involved in a four-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon that killed an 83-year-old woman and critically injured her granddaughter.

Bakhadir Kuzikov, 57, was driving a 2015 Volvo tractor-trailer north on Interstate 270 in Hilliard when he left the interstate shortly before 3:30 p.m. at Cemetery Road. That’s when police said Kuzikov did not stop at a red light and struck a 2006 Ford Five Hundred sedan driven by Sarah Popovish, 36, of Columbus, our news partner WBNS-TV in Columbus reported.

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The impact forced the car into the intersection, where it struck a 2011 Honda Odyssey driven by Jill Gillen, 45, of Upper Arlington. The minivan then collided with a 2014 Hyundai Tuscon driven by Kimberly Vance, 58, of Columbus.

The woman killed was identified Wednesday as Charlotte Finck, who was a passenger in the Ford Five Hundred. She was pronounced dead at Riverside Methodist Hospital. Popovish, her granddaughter, also was taken to that hospital with critical injuries, WBNS reported.

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The drivers of the Odyssey and Tuscon were treated and released from Dublin Methodist Hospital and Kuzikov was treated and released from Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. 

Police said Kuzikov is a self-employed driver who works out of Tipp City, according to WBNS. 

The crash remains under investigation. No charges have been filed.

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