Crash kills local teenager, driver suspected of speeding, DUI

BRIDGEPORT – Tessa L. Johnson, of Bridgeport, a 17-year Mansfield High School student died Nov. 14 as a result of injuries sustained in a single vehicle accident in the 300 block of 17th Street.

Douglas County Undersheriff Tyler Caille reported that deputies along with personnel from the Bridgeport Fire Department and Bridgeport Ambulance responded at approximately 6:09 p.m. and found the victim trapped inside the vehicle with life-threatening injuries.

 Johnson was extricated by fire personnel and transported by ambulance to Three Rivers Hospital where she was subsequently pronounced deceased as a result of her injuries, Caille said.

Caille said that Christopher J. Williams, 35, driver of the 2011 Honda Accord was also taken to Three Rivers Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The preliminary investigation shows speed and intoxicants were contributing factors to the collision,” said Caille. “Upon the completion of receiving medical treatment, Williams was booked into the Okanogan County Jail for vehicular homicide.”

More details will follow in the Dec. 2 Quad City Herald. 


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