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Santana Graduate Sentenced in Connection to Deadly SR-52 Racing Crash

Michael Johnson began serving his 180-day jail sentence last month for his part in the incident that resulted in the death of two Santee teens.

Updated October 10 @ 8 p.m.

A 19-year-old motorist who raced a younger driver on state Route 52, resulting in a crash that killed two Santee teens, was formally sentenced Wednesday to 180 days in county jail.

Michael S. Johnson, a graduate of Santana High School, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of engaging in a speed contest in connection with the April 4 crash that took the lives of 16- year-old Jayli Campbell and 18-year-old Anthony Foreman.

Johnson, who began serving his predetermined sentence last month, was also placed on three years probation to include random drug testing and volunteer work with Mothers Against Drunk Driving or another program that focuses on driving-related crimes.

The defendant is not eligible for early release from jail.

Theresa Campbell said her son loved life and would do anything for his family.

"No parent should ever have to bury their child," she told the defendant. "My son is gone because of your actions. My family and I will have to live without him for the rest of our lives."

The older victim's adoptive father, who is a retired police officer, told the defendant his crime "slammed my life to a halt."

"He (Anthony) died in a violent manner on a stretch of freeway," Mark Foreman told Johnson. "Nothing you do will bring Anthony back."

Foreman urged the defendant to make something of the rest of his life.

"The routes you choose are up to you," he told Johnson.

The defendant apologized to the victims' family members.

"I'm so sorry for your irreplaceable losses," he said. "I know I will never be the same after this."

Superior Court Judge Eugenia Eyherabide said she was moved by how the victims' families wished Johnson well despite their devastating loss.

The judge urged Johnson not to forget what happened, but also not to let it define him as a person.

The 16-year-old driver who Johnson was racing was prosecuted in Juvenile Court. He pleaded guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter resulting in death and was sentenced to a year in custody at a Juvenile facility.

Authorities said the the two motorists were racing at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour when the younger driver lost control of his car about 11:45 p.m., killing Campbell and Foreman.     

Two others were seriously injured. The two carloads of teens were heading home from a bonfire at La Jolla Shores.

-City News Service

Kathy October 12, 2012 at 08:17 AM
Lat them take a Bus, Trolley or walk, I don;t really care as long as they are never behind the wheel again. Driving is a Privilege not a necessity. There are plenty of people who live a normal life without a vehicle, so please don't make excuses for these Boys to take anymore lives. They should live with the Memory EVERYDAY of their LIVES, about the DEATHS they caused. They at least have a Life, Jayli and Anthony no longer have a life because of them.
Kathy October 12, 2012 at 08:41 AM
and BECAUSE the LAWS are so WEAK regarding DEATH caused by another person's Wreck Less, Irresponsible and Dangerous act, these accidents continue to happen at an alarming rate. If a Teen goes into a bank with a gun to rob it and shoots and kills 2 bank employees, even though the Teen had no plans of shooting or killing anyone, just to scare them, the Teen knows they will go to prison for a very long time. If a Teen gets behind the wheel of a car, decides to Race, and 2 of his passengers die because of the accident he caused by Racing, even though the Teen Driver had no had no plans of killing 2 of his passengers, he only gets a lousy 6 months. Which punishment has more of an impact on other Teens? They both had the same outcome, 2 young lives gone. The more severe the Punishment is, the less likely the Dangerous and Criminal Act will happen. The parents of the minor should be punished, obviously they have no control over their son. I think CPS would be on order, at least for Supervision. The Insurance Company certainly will hold the parents responsible for the million dollar settlements.
Anna Leger October 12, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Kathy do you have kids?
Char October 12, 2012 at 04:59 PM
I have kids. This is a very emotional topic for readers, obviously. Yes, we have a right to speak our minds and have our own opinion. Hopefully, our voices here are going unheard by lawmakers. Kids today are selfish and spoiled, caused mainly by our society, and ultimately by the parents. The 2 teenagers in the back seat did not know these boys were going to race. I imagine none new this race was going to happen and end in a tragedy. It was the disgusting immaturity, irresponsible behavior of the 2 DRIVERS who caused this tragedy due to some stupid adrenaline rush they got....WHICH BY THE WAY, WAS INDUCED BY DRUGS and/or ALCOHOL! They are ULTIMATELY responsible for this! As for these teenagers parents, you are absolutely correct, where are they, what is their responsibility for not enforcing the curfew law and ensuring their children are safely inside their homes where they belonged. If I were the parents of the injured and dead, I would certainly be going after those families as well as the 2 drivers! My husband asked, what if it were one of my boys who caused this? I ask, what if it were one of them killed/injured? However, my reply is that is would happen, they are always in by curfew. If they are at a friends and lie to me, then I would say, they would have to serve their punishment. I pray that this never happens in my family, but am confident, that my children aren't so spoiled and selfish that they would do something like this, ever.
Char October 12, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Sorry, I saw my typo above....I hope our voices are NOT going UNHEARD by lawmakers. Our society is too weak, it uses popularity, money and influence to sway the judges and lawmakers in the direction that benefits those with money and connections. That is a shame. Our country was built on equality not just in race and sex, but in everything. It sure has gotten away from that concept in more than just this situation. It makes me sad and afraid of what our future holds. Remember, these teenagers are our future. Their actions now, speak for how they will be when they grow up. Sure, a few will change, but majority will not.

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