OCALA, FL – A driver was sentenced to prison for a crash in Ocala that left three people dead, reports the Ocala StarBanner.
37-year-old Travis Lee Johnson pleaded no contest last week in connection with the accident that occurred in January 2017 in the area of County Road 326 and Northeast 25th Avenue.
Authorities said Johnson was behind the wheel of a tow truck on County Road 326 when he veered off the road onto a shoulder, went back onto the roadway and slammed into a sport utility vehicle.
Three DeLeon Springs residents who were in the SUV were killed in the wreck – 61-year-old William H. McCullough, his 56-year-old wife Renee, and their 31-year-old son Ryan. Investigators said Johnson was under the influence of controlled substances at the time.
A Marion County judge found Johnson guilty on three counts of DUI manslaughter and three counts of vehicular homicide, and sentenced him to ten years in prison followed by five years of probation. He was also placed on drug offender status and had his driver’s license permanently revoked.
If you have lost a loved one in an accident that was caused by another person’s wrongful actions or negligence, then you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the person responsible for their death. Our Ocala Wrongful Death Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help you determine if you are eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Ocala or elsewhere in Marion County. For a free, no-obligation consultation, we can be reached online or by phone at 866-608-5529.