Fingers Pointed in Deadly Accident

Another deadly, and unnecessary, car accident has occurred in Georgia. Our Atlanta car accident attorneys read an article recently about an accident that killed 26-year-old Shavonna Johnson from Willow Bend Run.


In the early morning of December 28, around 3:44 AM, Ms. Johnson was in a Kia Optima with two other people travelling west on Buena Vista Road, all on their way to get something to eat. The police report stated Ms. Johnson was a passenger in the vehicle. Chris Turner II, who is 24-years-old, was driving another car when he T-boned Ms. Johnson’s car. During the accident, Ms. Johnson was ejected from her vehicle, as she wasn’t wearing a seatbelt at the time. She suffered blunt force trauma to her abdomen, and was taken to Midtown Medical Center, though she died of her injuries after doctors performed emergency surgery to try to save her. The accident continues to be under investigation by the Columbus Police Department.

Mr. Turner now faces multiple charges, including vehicular homicide, disorderly conduct, driving under the influence, driving while his license was suspended or revoked, giving false information to an officer, obstruction of a law enforcement officer, reckless driving, and driving without a seat belt. He is being held without bond at Muscogee County jail. When the police arrived at the scene of the accident, he gave his name as “Trey”. When confronted, he apparently acted disorderly, and pushed an officer after he was arrested. He had a blood alcohol level of .105, which is well above the legal limit, and he was also not wearing a seatbelt. Additionally, police assert that he was driving at almost 100 miles per hour at the time of the crash. Midtown Medical Center staff actually refused to treat him because he was being so disruptive.

Mr. Turner later admitted that he drank brandy that morning before he left in his car to go to Burger King, where he was headed when he hit Ms. Johnson’s car. However, in his court hearing, he pled not guilty on all counts, and blamed the driver of the Kia Optima for the accident, saying the car turned in front of him. He also claims he was driving no more than 60 miles per hour at the time, not 100 as the police claim.

Atlanta Car Accident Lawyers

If you or a family member has been injured in a vehicle accident, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Sammons & Carpenter may be able to help get the compensation needed and deserved.  Remember that regardless of the outcome of a criminal trial, there is still an option to try a civil case, which can help with some measure of justice as well as potentially help with financial difficulties.  To discuss your case and learn about your legal options, contact the Law Office of Sammons & Carpenter as soon as possible at 404-991-5950, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation today.

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