• FHP announces manslaughter charges for suspect accused of killing JSO employee, injuring officer

    By: Action News Jax , Courtney Cole

    Updated:

    1/8/19 UDATE: The Florida Highway Patrol announced that Kim Johnston has been arrested for DUI Manslaughter and has been booked into the St. Johns County Jail.

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    12/14/ 18 UPDATE: The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office just released video of Jack Adams' recovery in the hospital.

    Jack Adams is now being moved to rehab after an unbelievable recovery, according to a JSO tweet. 

    ORIGINAL STORY: A newly released FHP report shows William “Jack” Adams, a Jacksonville Sheriff Officer and father who survived a deadly crash on Sunday, may be paralyzed.

    Action News Jax first reported Sunday his wife, Cathy Adams, a JSO bailiff—was killed.

    State troopers also say the woman accused of drunkenly causing that crash failed two field sobriety tests and would not perform the third one due to a pre-existing injury.

    In the report, it says Johnston also told hospital staff she drank two beers earlier that evening.

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    Now, FHP is asking any witnesses to the deadly crash, to come forward.

    Action News Jax law & safety expert Dale Carson explains what witnesses could tell detectives about the car that could help  the investigation.

    On Sunday, Dec. 9 three witnesses described Kim Johnston’s driving behavior on the road, prior to the crash. 

    In the FHP arrest report, witnesses say they saw Johnston’s Acura sedan "passing them at high rates of speed" on the interstate from the "center or outside travel lane."

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    Then, witnesses say the Acura traveled off the roadway to an inside shoulder, before over-correcting back to the right and colliding into the Adams’ Chevrolet Tahoe SUV.

    While it's still early in the investigation for FHP, Action News Jax Law & Safety Expert Dale Carson said  a key part of their analysis will be the head and taillights on Adams’ SUV.

    “You want to see if the taillights were on, because if the taillights weren't on, there's a possible exception…because if someone's driving down the road and you're coming up behind them as this accident occurred -you might hit them,” Carson said.

    FHP says Johnston smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes when they approached her moments after the crash.

    MORE: JSO employee, children hurt, wife killed by suspected drunk driver early Sunday

    They say she fumbled around trying to find her driver’s license, Johnston refused a breathalyzer test,  but was forced to give a blood sample at the hospital, after FHP obtained a warrant for it.

    The spokesman for the 7th Circuit State Attorney’s Office told Action News Jax Johnston’s blood samples have to be tested at an FDLE lab for toxicity.

    Right now, Johnston is charged with two counts of DUI with serious bodily injury.

    Once the crime scene analysis is completed by FHP and the toxicity results are returned, Carson said Johnston’s charges will be re-evaluated.

    The cause of death for Cathy Adams will also have to be determined, said Action News Jax crime & safety expert Ken Jefferson.

    If her charges are upgraded, Jefferson said she could be arrested again.

    Want to help? Here's how you can donate to the Adams family 

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