EXCLUSIVE: Mother of victim in deadly Columbus car crash recalls last moment with daughter

(Source: Diane Johnson)
(Source: Diane Johnson)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - "She fought. She was very sweet. "

A life lost too soon, says Diane, the mother of 37-year-old Claudia Johnson who died during a late Jan. 18th crash on Steam Mill Road in Columbus. Diane says Johnson was pulling into the driveway with her boyfriend driving his Hyundai Accent when their vehicle was struck by a Crown Victoria with five people inside.

"It smacked them. So she is on the passenger side and when it hit her, it just dragged them all the way back down the street," said Diane.

Columbus police say all persons in the accident suffered injuries. Six people were transported to Midtown Medical Center.

"I heard this loud bang," said Diane. "So I got my coat on, my gown, and I just ran down the street and my poor baby is in that car."

Diane says she tried to encourage her daughter to keep breathing.

"I felt her pulse and she did have a slight pulse. I was still there, just rubbing her head," said Diane. "She never did wake up she never talked to me."

The Muscogee County deputy coroner pronounced Johnson dead on the scene at 11:07 p.m.

"I prayed and asked God for a miracle, but it didn't happen. She and I were best buds, she's my ride and die," said Diane.

Diane said funeral arrangements will be made once the body returns from an autopsy in Atlanta. Diane plans to leave her daughter with a two diamond-shaped hearts ring to symbolize their unbreakable bond.

"I thank God for the 37 years [with her], I really do. I thank him."

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