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Dad Charged with DUI for Crash that Killed Daughter Granted Bail

On Tuesday, bond was set for a father who is accused of driving drunk on Sunday night, causing a wreck that killed his 15-year-old daughter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Anthony Johnson has been charged with DUI, vehicular homicide in the first degree, and endangering the life of a child while DUI. According to police, Johnson was driving under the influence with his four children in the car on Sunday night, when he lost control of the vehicle.

Johnson was reportedly driving his Chrysler Pacifica eastbound on U.S. 78 when he lost control and crashed into the tree line. His 15-year-old daughter, Corliss, was killed in the ensuing crash. His 11-year-old daughter, Joy, suffered a fractured skull and possible brain damage in the wreck.

Johnson couldn't find his cell phone following the accident, so he and his two sons, ages 8 and 9, walked to a nearby restaurant to notify the police about the accident. Corliss was already dead when help arrived. Johnson's sons were checked out at a local hospital.

Joy was transported to a nearby hospital in critical condition. She's currently receiving treatment at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.

Johnson is now facing several charges, the most serious of which is vehicular homicide. Under Georgia's motor vehicle code, any person who causes the death of another while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can be charged with homicide by vehicle in the second degree.

A habitual violator who commits vehicular homicide while driving on a revoked license may be charged with homicide by vehicle in the first degree. According to authorities, Johnson has two previous DUI arrests. Police didn't say whether Johnson was driving with a valid license at the time of the crash. Vehicular homicide in the first degree is punishable by 5 to 20 years in prison and the suspension of driving privileges.

Anthony Johnson is currently being held on $12,500 bond. "I love my wife and kids. Pray for my child in the hospital," Johnson told reporters at his bond hearing.

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