KOKOMO, Ind. – A 24-year-old man was killed following a crash in Kokomo Friday morning.
The crash happened around 2 a.m. right outside the waste management facility near the intersection of Ohio and Monroe Street.
Neighbors say they heard a loud crash and woke up to yelling.
“I heard the first crash and then I seen it go through and there was two more crashes and that’s when I heard the yelling,” a neighbor said.
Witnesses say the car left the road, hit a culvert and finally came to a stop at that barricade. The car was going so fast it moved it a few feet. Parts of the car, including the muffler, are still at the scene.
Police located a white 2006 Toyota Scion in the roadway. Investigators determined it was a single vehicle accident with multiple people in the car. The Howard County coroner pronounced the 24-year-old victim dead at the scene. Three other people were transported to an Indianapolis hospital for medical treatment.
The victim was identified as Donovan L. Johnson of Kokomo.
Family members of the victim showed up at the scene along Ohio Street. CBS4 spoke with his father who said the victim's mother passed away eight months ago.
Johnson's cousins said it hasn't been an easy ride for Johnson. In 2014, he was the victim of a violent shooting. Ricardo Cameron plead guilty to criminal recklessness for shooting Johnson in the stomach.
Family members said the car was being chased before crashing Friday morning. Johnson's family said they believe what happened before the crash could have been retaliation.
"God don't like ugly. That's all I can say. We can't be mad at each other. We all have to be here for each other," said Johnson's cousin Jasmine Parker.
"I don't know if someone's aiming for us or what it is, but it's gotta stop. It's gotta stop," said another cousin, Frederick Murrell.