As of Monday, July 2, 2012
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Clayton News Daily
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Roadside memorial pays tribute to three teenagers killed in August when a car plowed into them on Ga. 138 in Stockbridge.
JONESBORO — A Lithonia driver charged in the 2011 deaths of three teenage pedestrians has pleaded not guilty, according to Clayton County Superior Court records.
Priscilla Dianne Johnson, 49, pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of homicide by vehicle, reckless driving, failure to stop and render aid, unlawful use of a wireless device, driving on a suspended license and without insurance. A Clayton County grand jury indicted her in May.
Clayton County police said Johnson plowed into the three teens Aug. 25 as they walked along Ga. 138 near I-675 in Stockbridge. Octavius Sorrells and Timothy Aaron, both 17, and Antonious Bishop, 16, were on the shoulder of the highway near the interstate's overpass when they were struck.
A roadside memorial marks the spot where the trio died.
Police allege Johnson was under the influence of medication and arguing on a cell phone at the time of the crash. 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, allege warrants.
Johnson waived her right to a September preliminary hearing. A Clayton magistrate set bond in her case. However, she has been unable to post bail and remains in the Clayton County Jail.
A trial date has not been posted.