Man charged with manslaughter for off-road DUI crash

Ryan Johnson crashed a vehicle with four other people onboard in September 2017, police said.

Posted: Jan. 30, 2018 10:05 AM
Updated: Jan. 30, 2018 10:05 AM

A Lauderdale County man is facing charges in connection with a wreck that killed another man.

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Ryan Tolliver Johnson, 19, of Lexington, was arrested after a grand jury indicted him for manslaughter and third-degree assault.

Johnson was drinking and driving a Polaris Ranger in September with four other people when it crashed in a field near Lauderdale County roads 86 and 97. The wreck killed Jackson Samuel Newton, 20.

Another person in the vehicle was hospitalized with broken ribs and a broken arm.

Johnson was jailed in the Lauderdale County Detention Center on $50,000 bond.

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