WCHS Eyewitness News Home Charleston Eyewitness Newsroom Charleston Storm Team Weather Sports News TV Program Schedule Community Mobile: Smartphone,Tablet and SMS text Get Connected SMS Text Facebook Twitter See-It,Shoot-It RSS News Feed Email List Tumblr


Family Demands Justice After Son Killed In Wreck

Reported by: Send eMail Dan Matics
Videographer: Dan Matics
Web Producer: Dan Matics
Reported: Nov. 7, 2013 10:28 PM EST
Updated: Nov. 7, 2013 11:24 PM EST

EYEWITNESS NEWS ONLINE WEBCAST VIDEO

Family Demands Justice
Eyewitness News Photo

Greenup , Greenup County , Kentucky

One Kentucky family is speaking out after their son was killed while riding his motorcycle.

A grand jury indictment was never returned against the woman blamed for the accident.

This is the first holiday season Nancy McKenzie will spend without her son.

"Everyday I live with out him," McKenzie said. "He'd help anybody."

Johnson was hit and killed in an intersection while turning onto a bridge crossing from Greenup, Ky. into Portsmouth, Ohio on his motorcycle back in March.

An SUV ran a red light and hit Johnson as he was turning into the on coming lane. One witness stated the SUV driver was speeding.

"He had a closed-casket funeral," McKenzie said.

What's shocking for Johnson's family -- a grand jury never returned an indictment against the driver of the SUV, who was only charged with a traffic violation. The indictment that wasn't returned even after the SUV driver admitted to using prescription drugs, and even after those witnesses said she was responsible for the accident.

Greenup County Commonwealth Attorney Mel Leonhart was careful with his words.

"The testimony of the grand jury is not something that i can comment on," Leonhart told Eyewitness News over the phone. "Other than one of the key issues in the case was on the blood toxicology of both the driver and the victim."

The driver of the SUV confessed to taking Loritab before the accident. Leonhart would not comment on whether or not she had a valid prescription for the drugs.

Johnson did not have a valid driver's license, but Richard Wolfson, the attorney representing his family said that doesn't matter. Wolfson thinks there was a lack of an investigation on behalf of the prosecutor who presented the case.

"That's not good enough," Wolfson said. "We are not trying to convict her. We just need an indictment to take the case further."

In the meantime, the family said they are continuing to search for answers feeling as if the system failed them.



MORE NEWS FROM EYEWITNESS NEWS
Search Under Way For Missing Man In Roane County
News
Jul. 25, 2014 12:53 PM EDT
A Roane County deputy said a search under way in the ...
Full News Story

Belle Of Cincinnati Offers Sunday River Cruises
News
Jul. 25, 2014 1:12 PM EDT
Fun on the river won’t end with the Huntington Regatta ...
Full News Story and Video

Man Injured In Motorcycle Accident
News
Jul. 25, 2014 12:48 PM EDT
A man is hurt after dispatchers say he wrecked his ...
Full News Story


News Huntington Classic Regatta Under Way
Jul. 25, 2014 1:08 PM EDT
News WV Clinic Operator's Medical License Suspended
Jul. 25, 2014 11:40 AM EDT
News Fletcher's Grove, Donna The Buffalo Featured Acts This Evening At Live On The Levee
Jul. 25, 2014 10:48 AM EDT
News Saints Coach Says Facilities Are "Pretty Amazing"
Jul. 25, 2014 1:22 PM EDT
News PETA Opposes Using Animals In WV Testing
Jul. 25, 2014 12:01 PM EDT
News Man Accused Of Stealing ATV, Crashing After Pursuit
Jul. 25, 2014 12:58 PM EDT
News Junior Troopers To Graduate Academy
Jul. 25, 2014 9:12 AM EDT
News Blood Drive Held In Downtown Charleston Friday
Jul. 25, 2014 8:37 AM EDT
News WV State To Hold Emergency Drill Friday
Jul. 25, 2014 8:18 AM EDT
News Man Stabbed In Charleston
Jul. 25, 2014 7:46 AM EDT
News 5 Alarm Mud Run To Benefit Fire Department
Jul. 25, 2014 1:10 PM EDT
News Autopsy Backlog Affecting Police Work
Jul. 25, 2014 9:03 AM EDT
News Huntington Council Votes To Hire New Police Officers
Jul. 24, 2014 11:28 PM EDT
News Library Levy Headed Back To Ballot
Jul. 24, 2014 11:22 PM EDT
News Kanawha Commission Files Petition To Remove Plants From Office
Jul. 25, 2014 8:49 AM EDT
News St. Albans Team Heading To Regionals
Jul. 25, 2014 1:21 PM EDT
News Vigil Held For Gaza Peace; Group Opposes Israeli Policy
Jul. 25, 2014 8:49 AM EDT
News Picnic With The Saints Set For This Weekend At The Greenbrier
Jul. 24, 2014 11:34 PM EDT
News Man Who Shot At Police Sentenced To 35 Years
Jul. 24, 2014 6:30 PM EDT
News Man Arrested For Indecent Exposure Has Ties To Local Youth Sports
Jul. 24, 2014 8:35 PM EDT
News Unhappy "Dirty Girls" File Reports With Wisconsin Better Business Bureau
Jul. 24, 2014 8:46 PM EDT
News Three Face Charges After Woman Claims She Was Robbed With Sawed-Off Shotgun
Jul. 24, 2014 6:32 PM EDT
News Case Of Woman Charged With Robbery Headed To Grand Jury
Jul. 25, 2014 8:59 AM EDT
News Kenova Police Implement Drug Task Force
Jul. 24, 2014 8:57 PM EDT
News UAW Backs Grimes In Ky. U.S. Senate Race
Jul. 24, 2014 4:56 PM EDT
News Blenko To Host Festival Of Glass Aug. 1-2
Jul. 24, 2014 4:44 PM EDT
News Salvation Army Hosts Luncheon For Volunteers
Jul. 24, 2014 4:28 PM EDT
News One Worker Killed, Two Injured In Suburban Philadelphia Hospital Shooting
Jul. 24, 2014 5:14 PM EDT
News Walkers Welcome At Charleston Distance Run
Jul. 24, 2014 4:02 PM EDT
News WV Hot Dog Festival Celebrates 10th Anniversary
Jul. 24, 2014 4:09 PM EDT


Advertise on WCHS-TV Online

West Virginia News
Huntington to hire additional police officers

The city of Huntington is reallocating $500,000 in its budget to hire 10 police officers to fight drug problems in neighborhoods.
Full Story

Kentucky News
Police search for Louisville woman missing a month

Louisville police are searching for a woman who walked out of her father's home and never went back inside.
Full Story

Ohio News
Northwest Ohio mechanic killed in freak accident

A northwest Ohio auto mechanic has died after a fan blade broke off a car he was working on and struck him in the neck and face.
Full Story







Fugitive Files Tuesdays at 6 PM on Eyewitness News

West Virginia Wildlife Wednesdays at 6 PM on Eyewitness News

ABC News web site







Send Mail Send email to news@wchstv.com for information or comments concerning WCHS-TV Eyewitness News.
Copyright ©2014, WCHS-TV8. Portions are Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or distributed.

WCHS ABC 8 provides local news, weather forecasts, traffic updates, notices of events and items of interest in the community, sports and entertainment programming for Charleston and nearby towns and communities in the Tri-State area, including Huntington, Dunbar, Marmet, Montgomery, Nitro, South Charleston, St. Albans, Cedar Grove, Chesapeake, Clendenin, East Bank, Glasgow, Pratt, Cross Lanes, Elkview, Pinch, Sissonville, Big Chimney, Cabin Creek, Chelyan, Davis Creek, Institute, Jefferson, Loudendale, Mink Shoals, Pocatalico, Quick, Quincy, Rand, Buffalo, Eleanor, Hurricane, Nitro, Poca, Winfield, Culloden, Fraziers Bottom, Hometown, Red House, Scott Depot, Teays Valley, Danville, Madison, Hamlin, Logan, Chapmanville, Man, Delbarton, Kermit, Gilbert, Matewan, Williamson, Summersville, Richwood, Flatwoods, Gassaway, Sutton, Spencer, Ravenswood, Ripley, Mason, Point Pleasant, Ashland, Pikeville, Ironton, Portsmouth, Gallipolis, and Athens.