Ex-FBI agent indicted in crash that killed P.G. teen

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Crime,Emily Babay

A former FBI agent has been indicted in a February crash that killed an 18-year-old boy in Brandywine.

 

A Prince George's County grand jury returned a nine-count indictment against 37-year-old Adrian Johnson. Charges against him include motor vehicle manslaughter, homicide by motor vehicle, driving under the influence and reckless driving.

Prosecutors allege that Johnson was drunk and speeding when he collided with 18-year-old Lawrence Garner Jr.'s Hyundai Sonata on the 10600 block of North Keys Road on Feb. 7. The crash killed Garner and critically injured another young man.

Johnson, of Brandywine, was off-duty and driving his person vehicle at the time of the crash.

FBI spokesman Paul Bresson said in an email that Johnson was dismissed from the agency shortly after the incident. At the time, Johnson had been with the agency for six years and was preparing for an assignment of protecting the FBI director or U.S. attorney general.

The collision happened when Johnson, who was traveling north on North Keys Drive at about 10 p.m., drove into oncoming traffic, according to Prince George's County police.

His 2002 Mitsubishi Montero struck Garner's vehicle head-on, police said.

Garner was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A passenger, 19-year-old Robert Mitchell II, suffered life-threatening injuries, but survived.

Johnson was driving 54 mph in the 40 mph zone, the indictment says. After the crash, his blood-alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit of .08, the county State's Attorney's Office said.

Johnson was suspended after the crash. An FBI spokeswoman said at the time that he had recently been transferred to the District from the Newark, N.J., field office. He had not yet started his new protection detail when the crash happened.

No attorney was listed in court records for Johnson on Thursday. A woman who answered the phone at his home declined to comment.

Garner had graduated from Gwynn Park High School and worked in the lumber department at Home Depot in Upper Marlboro.

ebabay@washingtonexaminer.com

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