A 15-year-old Columbus teen was killed Thursday evening in a two-vehicle wreck on 31st Street.
Charged in connection with the death is 45-year-old William Salzman, of #3 Grove Road, Phenix City.
Columbus police said John Paul Morgan Jr. was one of two passengers riding in a 1998 Ford Explorer headed east on 31st Street. A second vehicle, occupied by Salzman, was north-bound on 12th Avenue, an accident report stated.
Salzman allegedly disregarded the stop sign at the intersection and rammed his 1995 Lincoln Towncar into the left side of the Explorer, causing extensive damage to both vehicles.
Police said Salzman emerged from the wreckage and allegedly attempted to flee the area. According to a police report, "concerned citizens" apprehended Salzman and brought him back to the scene. Salzman was believed to be under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash, police said. In addition to that, police stated that based on witness accounts of the crash and damages done to the vehicles, it appeared Salzman was allegedly traveling in excess of the 30 mph speed limit for that area.
Muscogee County Coroner Bill Thrower said Morgan was transported to The Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 5:58 p.m. He suffered multiple broken bones and blunt force trauma to the head and chest, a police report stated. The teen's body was sent to Atlanta for an autopsy.
Salzman is charged with first-degree homicide by vehicle, driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident, running a stop sign, driving while his license was suspected or revoked, reckless driving and failure to report an accident.
The other two occupants of the the Explorer were not seriously injured.