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One month later, questions unanswered in case of Athens woman killed after exiting moving car

Angelica Johnson

By Joe Johnson

One month later, police have yet to locate the truck that struck and killed an Athens woman who exited a moving car on the Athens Perimeter the morning of May 11.

Investigators have interviewed the driver of the car from which 32-year-old Angelica Johnson fell before being fatally struck by a pickup that was travelling behind the morning of May 11, but police said they need to question the pickup truck's driver before closing the investigation.

The drivers of the car and truck both left the scene of the incident, located on the perimeter’s outer loop between Lexington Road and Olympic Drive.

The day after the incident, police said that investigators located the man who was driving the car in which Johnson was a passenger, However, it’s unknown if Johnson intentionally exited the car, accidentally fell, or was pushed because police have not disclosed what the man said transpired in the car prior to Johnson exiting the vehicle.

“The investigation is still open,” ACCPD’s public information officer Lt. Shaun Barnett said Friday. “Therefore, we will not release details about interviews or statements made during interviews.”

Police have yet to publicly identify the driver of the car, and Barnett only said he “is a local male in his 30's.”

The police officer said, “As investigators progress through the investigation, they will determine what charges, if any, the driver will face. But, at this time, the driver of the vehicle that Ms. Johnson was traveling in has not been charged with any crime related to this incident so we are not currently in a position to release the identity.”

Barnett added, “To help close this case we want to locate the vehicle that struck Ms. Johnson and left the scene.”

That vehicle is described as a dark-colored, full-size pickup truck with chrome bed rails.

Police asked for anyone with information regarding the incident to contact Officer First Class Dustin Tilley at or 762-400-7355.

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