A hijab-wearing Somali woman who crashed into an Ohio father and his baby, killing the child, has apologized and said she just “lost control” of the vehicle she was test driving.
Muhuba Mohamed, 31, has now apologized for killing seven-month-old Micah Ferebee in Columbus, Ohio, at the end of May.
The Somali immigrant says she was test driving a vehicle from a nearby car lot when she lost control just as she neared the baby’s father, Kenan, who was pushing the child in a stroller on the sidewalk. Little Micah was killed in the incident, and the boy’s father was sent to the hospital but later released. It is, however, reported that Mr. Ferebee is still suffering from his injuries.
Through an interpreter, the Somali woman, who has been in the U.S. for about a year, told the media she “feels bad” about killing the child.
The interpreter reported that “they gave her a ticket. She lost direction. She got lost.”
Mohamed also insisted there were no external distractions to cause the accident. “I wasn’t on the phone and I wasn’t looking for directions, but I lost control,” she said.
“She says what happened she didn’t do intentionally. It happened by accident,” the interpreter added. “She would have given her life instead of the baby. She doesn’t want to hurt anybody.”
One witness of the incident claimed Mohamed hit the pedestrians so hard the baby’s shoes flew off.
Immediately after the accident, Kristin Dixon told the media that “she saw the baby fly out of the stroller.”
“The baby’s shoes flew off,” Dixon said.
Police records show that Mohamed ran down the mailbox in front of a home on Westerville Road, hit Kenan and little Micah, and then stopped in the yard next to a house.
Police still have not charged Mohamed for the incident but claim the investigation is continuing.
Micah’s father, Kenan, has said he is “still in disbelief, but that Micah is in a better place.”
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