A woman accused of killing a 7-month-old boy by recklessly driving her SUV into the child's stroller appeared to be holding a cellphone when she lost control of her vehicle, the Franklin County prosecutor said.
Muhuba A. Mohamed, 31, was indicted Friday by a county grand jury on one count of aggravated vehicular homicide in the June 2 crash. The charge, a second-degree felony, is punishable by two to eight years in prison if she's convicted.
Mohamed, of Alto Court on the Northeast Side, had a temporary Ohio driver's permit that prohibited her from being behind the wheel without a licensed driver in the vehicle with her.
"According to witnesses at the scene, no one else was in her car at the time of the collision, and it appeared she had her cellphone in her hand," Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said in a news release.
Deputies with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office reported that Mohamed was driving a Toyota Rav4 north on Westerville Road in Mifflin Township when the vehicle went off the right side of the road just north of Innis Road, striking a mailbox and the stroller, which was being pushed by the child's father. The SUV came to rest against a house.
The child, Micah Ferebee, died a short time later at Nationwide Children's Hospital. His father, Kenan M. Ferebee, initially was reported to have critical injuries. He was treated at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center and eventually released.
Mohamed voluntarily submitted to a blood test that found no drugs or alcohol in her system, the prosecutor said.
Four days before the fatal crash, Mohamed was involved in a one-car crash in Delaware County and was alone in that vehicle too, O'Brien said.
She was cited by state troopers for failure to control.