Ohio State Student Drives into Crowd after Big Win

An Ohio State student drove his car into three people during a post-game riot after the Buckeyes beat the Texas Longhorns in a big football game over the weekend.

An Ohio State University student accused of driving his car into three people, injuring them slightly, was among several people arrested during a raucous celebration of the No. 1-ranked Buckeyes’ win over No. 2 Texas. There were about 40 fires reported, with couches and mattresses set ablaze, in student neighborhoods Saturday night, said Columbus police Sgt. David Howson, whose department arrested about 17 people, five of them on arson charges. A trash bin also was set on fire, burning two nearby cars, he said.

Battalion Fire Chief Kevin O’Connor said he was treated for bumps and bruises after he and two others were struck by a car that came through a temporary command post set up in the driveway of a student union building. The two others, Ohio State assistant vice president for student affairs Barbara Rich and her husband, were treated early Sunday at Ohio State University Medical Center for minor injuries.

The driver of the car, George Karadimas, 22, a student at the school, has been charged with vehicular assault, said Ohio State Assistant Chief Rick Amweg. He declined to comment on whether alcohol was involved. Karadimas was being held in a Franklin County jail and is scheduled to appear in court Monday morning for an arraignment, said sheriff’s deputy Travis Carter.

Oddly, “Karadimas” doesn’t sound Muslim to me. Perhaps he converted?

Seriously, I’m as big a sports fan as the next guy. But I’ve never done anything more violent than cursing at the television in reaction to a victory or loss involving my team.

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  1. RiverRat says:

    Sounds Greek to me. In fact, I once knew a Greek named Georges Karadimas.

  2. Anderson says:

    The impending global threat of orthodoxofascism?

  3. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

    p.s. Good one Anderson.