Lawrenceville employee ID'd after Monday crash

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A man critically injured in a Monday afternoon incident where a tree crushed a city of Lawrenceville truck is in stable condition, police said.

Lawrenceville Police Sgt. Christopher Ralston said on Tuesday afternoon that another driver involved in the three-vehicle crash was released from a hospital. Lawrenceville Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson identified the employee as Otis Johnson.

"The city of Lawrenceville is saddened by the news of an accident involving a city employee. We are praying for those affected by the incident," Johnson said. "Our hearts are with Otis Johnson and his family during this time of extreme uncertainty."

High winds and rain on Monday afternoon caused a tree limb about a foot in diameter to fall on a moving Ford Ranger, which was being driven by Otis Johnson.

Ralston said the incident happened about 1:30 p.m. when Otis Johnson was driving south on Stone Mountain Street and approaching Constitution Boulevard. The tree limb landed on the roof of the truck, and incapacitated Otis Johnson, who suddenly didn't have control of the vehicle, Ralston said.

The Ranger then struck a Chevrolet S-10 south of Constitution Boulevard, which caused the S-10 to hit a Ford Expedition. The driver of the S-10 suffered non-life threatening injuries, and the driver of the Expedition was not injured and was released at the scene, Ralston said.

The Ranger and S-10 were totaled, and the Expedition had minor damage, Ralston said.

The investigation is ongoing, Ralston said, and he did not have an estimate about how fast the Ranger was going when the incident began.