Jessica Thompson Arrested after Fatal DUI Collision near 7th Avenue

SANTA CRUZ, CA (September 14, 2022) – Sunday evening, a hit-and-run on Capitola Road claimed the life of James Johnson.

The fatal collision happened around 10:10 p.m. in the area of Capitola Road and 7th Avenue.

According to California Highway Patrol, Johnson was crossing Capitola Road in a motorized wheelchair when he was struck by a 1999 Mercedez-Benz. The driver of the Mercedez-Benz, Jessica Thompson, then fled the scene of the collision without rendering aid to the victim.

When medical responders arrived at the scene they found Johnson in critical condition. Medics then transported 69-year-old James Johnson to Natividad Medical Center, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Afterward, investigators located the suspect’s Mercedes abandoned on a nearby street.

On the following Monday, California Highway Patrol officers arrested 39-year-old Jessica Thompson in connection with the hit-and-run collision. Officials booked her for felony DUI, hit-and-run, and vehicular manslaughter.

No words can mend the broken hearts and sorrow felt during this delicate moment. The team at Sweet James sends their deepest condolences and sympathies to the family and friends of James Johnson. May you find strength and comfort in the difficult days ahead.

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