Columbus police from Ohio (US) investigate the scene where a Saab crashed into the Compel Christian Center on W. Mound Street near S. Wayne Avenue. One man was killed early Thursday when a car crashed into a Hilltop church. Investigators were working to determine the cause of the crash, but tire tracks on the sidewalk appeared to indicate that the vehicle jumped the curb and plowed through a sign before crashing through church walls.
According to a police report, the westbound blue Saab Viggen “was traveling at an extremely high speed” on W. Mound when the driver failed to negotiate a curve, his car jumping a curb on the southwest corner of the intersection with S. Wayne Avenue, crashing through a chain-link fence and striking the east wall of the church. The driver died at the scene. The car, a 2000 Saab Viggen, was registered to a Pennsylvania woman, and allegedly, the Saab was stolen. Police said the car was going an estimated 75 mph when the crash occurred. The posted speed limit at the intersection near Hilltonia Park is 25 mph, they said.
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