Woman severely injured in hit-and-run forgives driver

by: Rachel Stockman Updated:


ATLANTA - A woman severely injured by a hit-and-run driver says she forgives the man accused of hitting her.

"God says you are supposed to forgive everybody and that's just what I got to do," Brianna Johnson, 21, told Channel 2's Rachel Stockman.

Johnson held back tears thinking about the moments she is missing with her 5-year-old son as she recovers in her hospital room at Grady Memorial Hospital. She's been there for almost a month.

"I have a son. I'm not able to see my son, that is really hard," Johnson said.

Atlanta police said Johnson and her best friend Adrienne Smith, 22, were run over by a hit-and-run driver while sitting on a wall talking at a park on Peeples Street in southwest Atlanta.

Police arrested Byron Perry, 38, several days later and charged him with several counts, including hit-and-run and serious injury.

"I forgive him but I just wanted to let him know that he's messed up more than just our lives and he's messed our families' lives. We are in very difficult positions now," Johnson said.

Johnson suffered a shattered pelvis and other back injuries.

Smith had to have her leg amputated. Johnson is worried because Smith's home is on top of a hill and is not handicap accessible

"I want my best friend to be able to have a very comfortable life after this," Johnson said.

Accounts have been set up in both of their names at Wells Fargo bank if you would like to make a donation to the women.