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Coroner’s report shows teen was drunk before being fatally struck on River Road

Teammates serve as pallbearers for their friend Justin Patrick Johanson

Northside High students honor their Patriot baseball teammate and friend JP Johanson during his funeral at St. Luke United Methodist Church
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Northside High students honor their Patriot baseball teammate and friend JP Johanson during his funeral at St. Luke United Methodist Church

A report shows the blood alcohol level of Justin “JP” Johanson was .224 before he was fatally struck by a vehicle on Sept. 4 on River Road near Bradley Park Drive.

Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan said the blood alcohol level was part of the autopsy report completed on Monday.

Under state law, an adult is legally drunk with a blood alcohol content at 0.08. Justin, a 15-year-old Northside High School student in Columbus, was almost three times over that limit when he died at the scene of a crash on River Road near the intersection at Bradley Park Drive.

A 33-year-old woman was traveling south on River Road when her 2011 Kia Optima struck an unknown object in the roadway which was later identified as the teen. Police said the teen was lying in the roadway near the intersection.

Since Justin’s death, five teens have been charged in connection with the investigation.

Giovanni Montesclaros, 17, was arrested in connection with the investigation on Sept. 14. He was charged with purchasing alcoholic beverages for minors, making false statement and writings, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, furnishing alcoholic beverages to persons under 21, possession of a false identification document and attempting to purchase alcohol by misrepresenting his identity. He was released from the Muscogee County Jail on bond.

The juveniles, whose ages range from 15 to 16, face various charges, including curfew violation, minor in possession of alcohol and obstruction by lying to police. They were arrested and released into their parents’ custody, police have said.

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