About one year following the death of Corliss Johnson, 15, her father was indicted for the Georgia DUI crash that claimed her life. Last year, father Anthony Johnson, an Atlanta resident, was involved in a DeKalb County car crash, in which he was carrying his four children—two boys, two girls—in the vehicle that crashed.
According to reports, Anthony Johnson was traveling eastbound on Highway 78 near Hugh Howell Road when he drove his car off the roadway and crashed into a tree. Sadly, daughter Corliss Johnson died as a result of this car crash. Her younger sister Joi Johnson, 11, was in critical condition after suffering great bodily harm that caused her ear to be rendered useless, and her two younger brothers suffered minor injuries. Mr. Johnson’s children’s ages range from 8 to 15.
Following the crash, Anthony Johnson was arrested for drunk driving and charged with DUI, first-degree vehicular homicide, and failure to maintain a lane. About one year later following the death of his daughter, Mr. Johnson was indicted in early July 2013 on two counts of first-degree vehicular homicide, DUI, and three counts of endangering a child.
Unfortunately, this drunk driving accident killed an innocent child and caused injuries for other children, which sadly was caused by their own father.
Our Georgia DUI victim attorneys at Shane Smith Law are deeply saddened to hear of this tragic loss of life and this entire horrific event, and we wish Joi a full recovery and the family strength during this very difficult time. We would also like to take this opportunity to remind drivers to never drive buzzed or drunk.