Man charged after crash kills ‘Freeway Johnny’
ATLANTA (AP) — Police say a motorist is accused of drunken driving in a wreck that killed a homeless man known as “Freeway Johnny,” who greeted drivers for years near Atlanta’s Downtown Connector.
WSB-TV reports that Johnny Johnson Jr. would stand with a sign and wave and salute people stuck in traffic near Interstate 20 eastbound.
Atlanta police say 25-year-old Joshua Reese left the ramp and slammed into Johnson’s tent as he slept under a bridge early Saturday. Fulton County Jail records show that Reese faces several charges.