Report: Columbus teen's BAC was 3 times above legal limit at time of death

Memorial for Johanson at Northside High School in the days after his death. (Source: WTVM)
Memorial for Johanson at Northside High School in the days after his death. (Source: WTVM)
Giovanni Montesclaros. (Source: Muscogee County Jail)
Giovanni Montesclaros. (Source: Muscogee County Jail)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – According to a toxicology report obtained by the Muscogee County Coroner's Office, 15-year-old Justin "JP" Johanson had a blood alcohol content level of .224 percent at the time of his death.

The toxicology report performed by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation shows levels that are nearly three times the legal limit of .020 for people under the age of 21 in the state of Georgia. No drugs were found in his system.

Johanson, a student at Northside High School, was hit and killed by a car on River Rd. in the early morning hours of Sept. 4. The official cause of death was blunt force trauma and the death was ruled an accident.

Officials say Johanson was lying in the road when he was struck, and by the time the driver saw him, it was too late to stop.

Giovanni Montesclaros and three other teens between the ages of 15 and 16 years old were arrested in connection to Johnson's death.

Montesclaros was charged with seven offenses, two of those felonies, but bonded out of the Muscogee County Jail. Montesclaros' case will be handled in adult court.

The three teens were all charged with misdemeanors and were released to their parents.

After his death, faculty and students came together to mourn the loss of Johanson who was a standout baseball player.

Johanson was laid to rest Sept. 10 after a celebration of life service at St. Luke United Methodist Church.

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