A grand jury on Thursday indicted the driver state police said was high on drugs when his car sped into downtown, striking and killing a pedestrian before it overturned outside City Hall.
Johnny Johnson, 43, faces nine counts, including vehicular homicide and homicide by vehicle while under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, in the April 9 death of city finance employee Matthew Hersl.
The indictment mirrors many of the charges the Maryland State Police filed on the warrant they used to arrest Johnson on April 15.
Test results showed drugs were in Johnson's system at the time of the crash, while investigators found cocaine and heroin in his car, police said. According to the indictment, a clear capsule with heroin residue, glass smoking device with cocaine residue, glass vials with cocaine residue and cocaine residue on a silver spoon were found in Johnson's possession.
Besides the homicide counts, the grand jury charged Johnson with driving while under the impairment of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of heroin, possession of cocaine, two counts of possession of paraphernalia, failure to control the speed of a vehicle to avoid a collision, and failure to observe a red steady light. He is scheduled to be arraigned May 30.
No attorney is listed for Johnson in court records, and public defenders for the District Court of Maryland could not be reached Thursday afternoon to be asked whether they represented him.
The crash reverberated around City Hall, both because of its proximity and because Hersl, 45, was well known among government officials, having worked as a city finance supervisor for 28 years. His death also hit hard in his Little Italy neighborhood, where he was involved in neighborhood associations and cleanup projects. He was also a passionate Orioles fan.
More than 200 people attended his funeral April 12, including City Council members and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
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