Aggressive driving led to fatal wreck, Macon police report states

mstucka@macon.comDecember 2, 2013 

A picture on La’Qwesha Johnson’s Facebook page shows her baby, Karleigh Fountain, clad in a pink cap, held tight in her mother’s right arm.

“She’s the reason I stay smiling,” Johnson wrote about a month ago, well before a car crash that claimed the life of her only child and left the Macon woman in critical condition.

On Monday, an autopsy confirmed that 2-month-old Karleigh died of blunt force trauma, which is consistent with her being thrown from her mother’s car Saturday, Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said. The autopsy was performed at the GBI crime lab in Macon.

Johnson, 21, has been trying to move her fingers at The Medical Center of Central Georgia, said her stepfather, Brian Lawson.

“My daughter, she was the happy-go-lucky kind of person. She didn’t have a problem with anybody,” Lawson said Monday.

Fountain was too young to have come into her own, but Lawson remembered her as playful, pretty and well-loved.

The crash happened around 4:40 p.m. Saturday along Interstate 75 southbound near the Rocky Creek Road exit. A Macon police accident report released Monday states witnesses reported that Karleigh’s mother and father “were both driving over aggressive.”

The father said Johnson had been following him after a previous meeting at Raintree Apartments. The initial accident report blames the crash on Johnson’s driving, saying she changed lanes improperly and lost control.

“While traveling in the far right lane, (Johnson) attempted to cut him off and a vehicle in the center lane next to him. (Johnson) lost control and ran off the road, overturning her vehicle and landed in the ditch,” the report states.

The report did not say if a child safety seat was being used.

Parts of the investigation, including alcohol and drug tests routinely administered after severe accidents, are pending.

Jones said earlier that “it could be a domestic issue, and between La’Qwesha and the baby’s daddy.”

To contact writer Mike Stucka, call 744-4251.

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