Columbus police have charged three people with murder in connection with a Wednesday night robbery gone wrong that ended in a traffic wreck.
Damien McDonald, 31, was pronounced dead at 10:44 p.m. Wednesday after a two-vehicle wreck on North Lumpkin Road, near Victory Drive, Chief Deputy Coroner Freeman Worley said. McDonald’s death came almost an hour after police say he was shot in the parking lot of Captain D’s, fled the scene and wrecked some 80 feet away when his Cadillac Deville crossed the center line and collided head-on with a Ford Taurus.
Police say they arrested three men on murder charges today: Archie Gibson, 19; Calvin Morris, 20; and Jacinto Robinson, 21. In addition to murder, the men face charges of attempted armed robbery, possession of firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Reports state the wreck happened on North Lumpkin Road, about 80 feet north of Victory Drive. McDonald had pulled his 1994 dark green Cadillac out of a private driveway and was northbound on North Lumpkin when it drifted into the southbound lane. It then collided head-on with a 1999 silver Ford Taurus holding six people, causing extensive damage to both vehicles.
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All six people in the Taurus, including three young children, were taken to The Medical Center, reports state.