Belle Glade Sun

Johnson found guilty of causing traffic death of another

BELLE GLADE — On Aug. 22, the driver of the car involved in a May accident that caused the death of a Clewiston woman passenger in another vehicle, LaQuittia Johnson, appeared in front of Palm Beach County Court Judge Paul Damico. She was found guilty of running a red light and causing the death of another, and was sentenced to a six-month driver license suspension, eight hours of aggressive driving school and a $1,106 fine.

Earlier this year, May 12, the Florida Highway Patrol reported that Johnson had been driving a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu north on Northwest 16th Street in Belle Glade at the same time that a truck operated by James Brannon was westbound on West Canal Street North.

A 2015 Chrysler operated by Angela Johson was traveling south on Northwest 16th Street and was stopped for a red light.

The front of the Ram truck struck the passenger side of the Malibu as it entered the intersection. The truck rotated clockwise and came to final rest on the northwest corner. The Malibu also rotated in a clockwise direction and came to final rest on the west side of Northwest 16th Street.

A rear seat passenger, Tomesha Lane, 23, of Clewiston, was ejected and slid under the front end of the Chrysler.

Ms. Lane died from injuries she suffered in the crash on May 12.