BRYAN COUNTY, Ga. (WSAV) – Two indictments have been handed down in the case against a trucking company and one of their drivers who was involved in the crash that killed five GSU nursing students and injured two others last spring.
On April 22, 2015, John Wayne Johnson was driving his tractor-trailer on I-16 when he crashed into several cars, killing Abbie DeLoach, Caitlyn Baggett, Emily Clark, Catherine McKay Pittman, and Morgan Bass.
Johnson has now been indicted by a Bryan County Grand Jury on five counts of homicide by vehicle in the first degree, one count of serious injury by vehicle, one count of reckless driving, one county of failure to exercise due care and one count of following too closely.
The company that hired Johnson, Total Transportation, was indicted on five counts of homicide by vehicle in the first degree, one count of criminal responsibility of corporations and one count of serious injury by vehicle.
The indictments claim Total Transportation hired Johnson even after knowing he was an unsafe driver, and that in turn led to the fatal crash. Johnson has been fired from two other trucking companies prior to working for Total Transportation.
Since the accident, Johnson has admitted under oath to texting when the crash happened, and added that messages he received contained nude images of a woman, as his truck’s cab was filled with pornography.
Johnson has yet to turn himself in, according to the Bryan Co. Sheriff.