Special photo: Priscilla Dianne Johnson
Clayton County police said a Lithonia driver was under the influence of a depressant and arguing with her husband on a cell phone Thursday afternoon when she hit three pedestrians after exiting I-675 onto Ga. 138 East.
Priscilla Dianne Johnson, 48, faces a litany of charges including two counts of first degree vehicular homicide, serious injury by vehicle, driving under the influence, suspended license, no insurance, unlawful use of a cell phone, hit and run, obstruction of an officer and reckless driving. She is being held without bond in the Clayton County Jail.
Antonious Biship, 16, died at the scene and Octavious Sorrels, 17, died at Grady Hospital less than two hours later, said Officer John Schneller. A third teen, who was not identified, is brain dead after suffering head injuries and multiple hip fractures, said Clayton County Magistrate Betrice Scott.
Johnson made her first appearance Friday morning in Scott's courtroom. Johnson appeared agitated but did not display emotion as Scott read the charges against her. She was not accompanied by an attorney and was told she did not qualify for a public defender.
According to arrest warrants, Johnson kept driving after hitting the three teens, stopping only when she hit a light pole. When police arrived, Johnson allegedly got into the driver's seat of a patrol car, pulled away violently from officers and wouldn't follow commands, Scott said.