Police: Father caused crash that killed daughter, hurt another

by: Erica Byfield Updated:


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Police say a father caused a wreck that killed his 15-year-old and critically injured his 11-year-old.

DeKalb County investigators arrested Anthony Johnson and charged him with DUI, vehicular homicide and failure to maintain a lane.

Police said Johnson lost control of his Chrysler Pacifica along Highway 78 and crashed it into a wooded area near Stone Mountain Park around 10 p.m. Sunday.

A department spokesperson told Channel 2 Action News after the wreck, Johnson could not find his cellphone and walked nearly a mile with his two young boys to a diner in Gwinnett to ask for help.

When authorities returned to the crash site they determined 15-year-old Corliss Johnson had died and her 11-year-old sister, who investigators aren't naming, was critically injured.

The manager at the diner told Channel 2's Erica Byfield he called 911 for Johnson.

"He told me that he just had an accident and he did not know what happened with his two little girls that were left in the car," Mario Castellanos said.

He added all three, Johnson and his two sons, were crying.

"One of the kids was cut in the head, a big one," Castellanos told Byfield.

Surveillance video Channel 2 Action News obtained shows paramedics wheeling the 8 and 9 year olds out of the diner on stretchers. Officials later determined the boys had minor injuries; one was released from the hospital right away, the other was kept overnight for observation.

Johnson is now in the DeKalb County jail. He is expected to be in court on Tuesday.

Channel 2 Action News

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