Agencies: Columbus Police Department - Georgia
Last updated: 8 months ago
What should’ve been a night of fun quickly turned tragic. A Phenix City woman was walking across the street when the unthinkable happened.
“Not only did she get hit, she got carried, and when the car stopped, it threw her,” eyewitness Ivan Kauffmann said.
The call came in around 12:42 a.m. Sunday morning. Witnesses told News Leader 9 Jaquess Harris, 26, was crossing the street heading towards Club Ciroc in Columbus, when she was struck and killed by a Columbus police cruiser driven by 26-year-old Kelly MacDonell.
Muscogee County Coroner Bill Thrower pronounced Harris dead on the scene at 1:27 a.m. “It looked like the skid marks were at least 30 feet long. He couldn’t have been going the speed limit which is 30 to 35,” Kauffmann said.
The details are scarce but another source says the skid marks stretched at least 100 feet. The police cruiser’s windshield was completely shattered and the front bumper dented.
Several witnesses on the scene said MacDonell was traveling at a high rate of speed and did not have his emergency lights on.
“It appears and it’s reported to us at this time that he was responding to another unit as a back-up unit,” Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren said.