Teen crash amputee testifies against driver

Justin Carey had to have a leg amputated after a woman hit him with her car

Justin Carey, who lost his leg after being hit by a car while waiting for a bus in Battle Ground last June, testified against the driver in court. April 22, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)
Justin Carey, who lost his leg after being hit by a car while waiting for a bus in Battle Ground last June, testified against the driver in court. April 22, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A teen who lost his leg when a car slammed into him almost two years ago testified against the alleged driver Wednesday in court.

In June 2013, Justin Carey was waiting for a school bus in Battle Ground when 46-year-old Shaun Johnson allegedly lost control of her car on NE 82nd Avenue and struck him. The 17-year-old ended up in a ditch about 100 yards away and was found by a tow truck driver about 90 minutes later, authorities said.

Johnson is charged with reckless driving, vehicular assault and possession of meth.

In testimony late Wednesday afternoon, Carey didn’t say anything about the car that hit him, but said he doesn’t remember much of anything about the collision.

He said he had plans to serve in the military, but those dreams are gone.

“I can’t ride a bike or do all the things I used to… like running or swimming with both legs,” Carey said in court. “My memory loss has gotten a lot worse.”

The state’s drug recognition expert said he could not say with certainty whether or not Johnson was under the influence when she slammed her car into Carey. However, she admitted to using meth about two days before the crash.

A detective who first talked with Johnson in the hospital recalled her saying she had made a terrible mistake by taking her eyes off the road to reach for a cigarette that had fallen on the floor.

Carey told the jury he’s had to relearn how to do many things. But after his testimony, he said he’s not angry about what happened and simply wants to move on.

“I’d like her to fix her life and stop using and get help, Carey said.

Defense lawyers argue it was a traffic accident, not vehicular assault.

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