Johnston Dies in Crash

 IMG_7240A two vehicle accident Saturday, August 11, claimed the life of former Lewis County Tax Assessor Robert Gregory “Bob” Johnston. According to officers, Johnston, 64, of Hohenwald, was traveling east on East Fourth Avenue around 7:20 p.m. on a 2001 Harley Davidson HPI motorcycle when he veered into on-coming traffic and struck a Dodge Ram 2500 truck driven by Djay Lewayne Dotson, 28, also of Hohenwald. The two vehicles collided in the west bound lane at Smyrna Ready Mix, front tire to front tire. The truck tire was flattened and the Harley front tire broke from the bike and was found in the roadway at the intersection of 1st Sgt. Charles Hudgins Street. Johnston was thrown from his bike and landed in the roadway. Emergency responders performed CPR to no avail. Dotson was treated and transported to Maury Regional Medical with non-life-threatening injuries. A passenger in the Dodge was not injured. The roadway was blocked to through traffic for two hours while officers conducted their investigation and the scene was cleared. Taylor’s Wrecker Service was called to remove the vehicles and debris. Chuck Taylor said he could remember when Bob bought his bike, a retired Highway Patrol vehicle.  Assisting at the scene were Hohenwald Police Officers Sgt. Michael Dunn, Sgt.  Robert Fransen, Officer Chris Himes, Constable David McRight, Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Nathan Henley, Hohenwald Fire Department and Maury Regional Emergency Medical personnel.

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