Story and photos by Colin Krieger
A car was left mangled and six people went to the hospital after a two-car accident on Waterworks Road just before lunchtime Wednesday.
Officers with the Columbus Police Department and city firemen raced to the corner of Waterworks and Mill Street around 11:45 a.m.Wednesday after calls of a wreck involving a car on fire were reported to E-911. Rescue workers arrived on scene to find an older model Ford Crown Victoria wrapped around a utility pole, with several victims strewn about the scene — some screaming in agony.
According to Columbus Police, Rachael “Ki-Ki” Mitchell was headed south on Waterworks when she swerved to avoid a 2010 Dodge Avenger that had stopped in front of her to turn left onto Mill Street.
Henrietta Richie, the driver of the Dodge, told police she had begun to turn left onto Mill, where she resides, when the Crown Vic clipped the front driver’s side bumper of her car.
Mitchell told first responders that Richie “ran her off the road” and “tried to hit us.”
Upon impact with the utility pole, a primary wire popped loose from the top portion of the pole and fell to the ground, showering sparks along its descent. The 7200 volt wire landed in the yard of 1024 Waterworks, scorching the lawn and nearly igniting a parked Pontiac Grand Am.
Firefighters arrived on scene to find Mitchell circling the scene, screaming in both anger and pain. She told rescuers she had burned her hand on the airbag and quite possibly injured her back.
Sherrell Mitchell, who was in the front passenger seat, injured her right hip in the wreck. Four youths, between the ages of three and seven, were treated on scene and transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital- Golden Triangle via ambulance for their injuries.
“Ki-Ki” Mitchell, who remained vocal throughout the ordeal, had to be calmed by paramedics after she took issue with cameraman Tony Peoples from WCBI news who was filming the scene.
“I told you, you better stop!! Don’t be filming me! I’ll, I’ll snap-crack yo’ a**!!”
After getting his shot, Peoples relented. Columbus Police did not disclose if the children were properly restrained, although no car seats were visible in the Crown Vic. After a visit to the hospital, Rachel “Ki-Ki” Mitchell was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant.