Judge to decide woman's fate in crash that killed 7-month-old in stroller
UPDATE: Thursday, Muhuba Mohamed was found guilty of aggravated vehicular homicide, a 3rd degree felony. Could be punishable by 5 years in prison according to the judge.
A north Columbus woman could learn her fate tomorrow after hitting a man and his seven-month-old infant with her car as they walked along Westerville Road last year. The crash killed the infant. Muhuba Muhamed, 31, is facing one count of aggravated vehicular homicide.
Prosecutors said Muhamad had her temporary permit at the time of the crash and should have had someone in the car with her. They also said she was involved in a crash four days before the fatal mishap. The father of the child took the stand today and told a judge he didn't see the car coming and was struck from behind. Kenan Ferebee tried to go after Muhamed after the crash but was restrained by police.
Muhamed's attorneys said prosecutors did not do a thorough job in ruling out other causes of the crash. Attorney Sam Shamansky recounted the testimony of a state trooper on the stand.
"Did you do any investigation as to the cause? 'Well, no.' Did you ask her? 'No.' Could somebody have run her off the road? 'Yes.' Could it have been mechanical failure? 'Yes," Shamansky said to the judge.
This is a bench trial, heard only by a judge and not by a jury. The judge said she could have her verdict tomorrow. Muhamed faces one count of aggravated vehicular homicide, a second-degree felony, and could face up to eight years in prison.