UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio (AP) - A social worker says six members of a family killed in a crash with an Ohio police officer were Iraqi refugees who were driving home from holiday visits with family and friends at the time of the accident.
Majeda Mohammad works for Community Refugee and Immigration Services in Columbus. She says Eid Badi Shahad and his family had come from Basra, Iraq, to Ohio about three years ago.
Shahad, his wife and their four daughters ages 16, 14, 12 and 2 were killed in the wreck. Mohammad said Friday that Shahad's mother and his four sons were home at the time of the accident.
Mohammad says the family had been out making visits as part of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.
Mohammad called the family wonderful and says people are shocked.
The officer from the Columbus suburb of Upper Arlington was responding to an armed robbery report when the crash occurred around 1:30 a.m. Friday. Officials say the cruiser's lights were flashing and the siren was on.
The local police union says the officer in the cruiser is being treated for a head injury at a hospital.
Perry Township police Chief Robert Oppenheimer says the officer is in shock over the deaths and hasn't been interviewed.