Anthony Eugene Johnson, 36, was sentenced to a total of 12 years, five of which he is to serve on probation. The one-car wreck occurred the night of June 3, 2012. Prosecutors say Johnson was drunk when he lost control of the family’s Chrysler Pacifica with four of his children in the vehicle. The vehicle swerved, left the roadway and struck a tree on U.S. 78 near Hugh Howell Road.
Corliss Johnson, the oldest of the four children, died in the crash. Her 11-year-old sister, Joi, suffered serious injuries. The girls’ two younger brothers were also injured, but walked three miles with their father to get help after the crash. Both boys were hospitalized for treatment of their injuries.