Fifteen-year-old Corliss Johnson was memorialized by friends and family at the Atlanta Metro Cathedral on Saturday, less than a week after she was killed in a car accident near the entrance to Stone Mountain Park on Highway 78.
DeKalb Police said her father, Anthony Johnson, was drunk when he crashed his car, carrying his two boys and two girls. Corliss was pronounced dead that evening, while her 11-year-old sister suffered fractures to her skull, and possible brain damage.
The two boys were not seriously injured.
“A tragedy is never planned, but how we respond to that tragedy is the most important thing,” said Bishop Flynn Johnson of the Atlanta Metro Cathedral. “The purpose of our church is to restore families, particularly families that have not made the best decisions.”
Police said Johnson has prior DUIs, in 2002 and 2004. He cried during much of his first court hearing after the accident. Johnson was charged with vehicular homicide, child endangerment and DUI. He was released from jail on bond.