Autopsy reveals no alcohol in Johnson’s system

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, June 21, 2014
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Results of the final autopsy report for former Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Terri Johnson confirm that she did not have alcohol in her system at the time of her fatal crash in April.

Terri Johnson

Terri Johnson

According to the autopsy report, obtained by the Messenger through an open records request from Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Mandy Hays, Johnson’s blood tested negative for the presence of alcohol or drugs. The autopsy was performed by the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The report also noted that Johnson had a “history of diabetes mellitus.” The toxicology report did test various electrolyte levels, but nothing in the report could definitively point to a diabetes-related medical emergency as a cause of the wreck.

The official crash report obtained from the Texas Department of Transportation noted that Johnson’s driving on the wrong side of U.S. 81/287 was the contributing factor in the wreck, and it said illness and/or speed “may have contributed” to the incident.

The medical examiner concluded that Johnson died as a result of blunt force injuries, and the manner of death was accidental.

The accident happened April 26 just south of Decatur. Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper William Cooper said Johnson was driving her Volkswagen Passat at a high rate of speed southbound in the northbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 when she struck a northbound Chevy Trailblazer, killing three adults in that vehicle. The accident happened about a quarter-mile north of the crossover at County Road 4228 near National Ropers Supply (NRS) Trailers at 5:52 p.m.

Those killed in the Trailblazer included the driver, Juan Jose Rios, 31, of Quanah; and two passengers, Amy Dee Culwell, 35, of Chillicothe and Sherry Ann Rios, 50, of Quanah. Juan and Amy’s 4-year-old daughter, Taylee, was seriously injured and flown from the scene to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth. She was treated and has been released from the hospital.

Multiple calls to 911 received in the seven minutes leading up to the crash indicate that Johnson was driving erratically as far north on U.S. 81/287 as the roadside park north of Decatur. Johnson crossed through the median between Karl Klement Ford and the intersection with U.S. 81/287 Business in south Decatur.

Hays also ordered autopsies for Juan and Sherry Rios and Culwell, but those reports are not yet available.

One Response to “Autopsy reveals no alcohol in Johnson’s system”

  1. Rusty White says:

    Such a sad event, but I got to ask why test those that were the INNOCENT victims in this sad event? The only honest answer for testing the victims, is to be able to “attempt” to escape or lessen any liability, is it not?


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