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Family: Raleigh hit-and-run victim fighting for life

Posted January 21, 2013

— The family of a hit-and-run crash victim say he's fighting to hang on despite severe injuries to his liver, internal bleeding and multiple broken bones.

Joseph Paul Johnson, 46, was listed in critical condition at WakeMed Monday, one day after he was hit head-on by a suspected drunken driver, said his brother, Glenn Johnson.

Police said Alejandro Ramirez-Castaneda, 25, fled on foot after the crash, which happened shortly after 5 a.m. Sunday on Garner Road at Peterson Street in Raleigh. He was later arrested and charged with felony hit and run, felony serious injury by vehicle, resisting a public officer by running, open container of alcohol, improper passing to the left, driving without an operator's license and driving while impaired.

Glenn Johnson said his brother's truck was crushed and mangled by the force of impact.

Glenn Johnson, victim's brother Family: Raleigh hit-and-run victim fighting for life

"It pushed the engine and the whole front end up to the dash," he said. "The steering wheel went into his chest and stomach."

Joey Johnson, who was headed to a construction job when the crash happened, is unconscious and heavily medicated, Glenn Johnson said. His wife hasn't left his side.

"She thinks he can just open his eyes and talk to her, and he can't," Glenn Johnson said. "It's going to be a while."


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  • jenjengirl89 Jan 28, 2013

    "I had a friend who was hit bu a drunk U.S.Citizen. Comment on that"

    Your friend was hit by someone guilty of one crime less than the illegally immigrated drunk that caused this accident.

  • wwrwheel Jan 28, 2013

    1. Sorry to hear about the incident. 2. Somebody please guard the border because the government can't/won't.

  • Barfly Jan 23, 2013

    It's a shame that illegal aliens can freely kill, maim, rape, and rob innocent citizens (children too) in the US.

    One incident like this is too many. Illegal aliens commit between 700,000 to 1,289,000 or more crimes per year. Illegal aliens commit at least 2,158 murders each year.

    Still think it's not a problem?

  • LocalYokel Jan 23, 2013

    Bad drivers cause a lot of grief. I hope the victim pulls through.

  • Uhavenoclu Jan 22, 2013

    Hope he gets well soon,sorry to you and your family mommiesade2 prayers for you and all and you are right this person should not have been here in the first place and whoever allowed him without checking his background should also be charged .

  • mommiesadie2 Jan 22, 2013

    I am one of Joseph Johnson's nieces and he is a wonderful dad,husband, uncle and all around great guy. This IS an immigration AND a drunk driving issue. As for the man that did this to my uncle is not a provider for and one he IS in fact an abusive drunk that should not be on an street in America or Mexico. He has a long list of offenses and should not have been free to began with. You Mr.King defending this man is a SMACK in the face to our family.

  • greg69innc Jan 22, 2013

    Yes this man should be deported and the rest of the individuals that are here illegally. It is against the law and being here makes them an outlaw from the beginning so ship them back and make them go through the legal process as it should be.

  • greg69innc Jan 22, 2013

    This is so tragic we can all pray and hope for the recovery of Mr. Johnson.

    I too detest drunk driving and I believe if it wasnt so accessible like it is now and virtually every sit down restaurant there would be a decline in drunk driving. I wonder what the statistics were before liquor by the drink became legal.

  • tammyb1972 Jan 22, 2013

    okay Marty King Joseph is my husbands cousin and let me tell you that he is a great man. He goes to work and supports his family, he is a very hard working man. You are supporting a drunk man at 5 am in the morning, do you have any morals? He had no drivers license and also had outstanding warrants for assault on females..Really....you are backing him. They need to send him back to Mexico (he is an illegal). I hope they get him with everything they can. If your in this country obide by the rules. Its people like you that give this country a bad name. Where are you from?

  • Pepe Silvia Jan 22, 2013

    "It would not matter if he was driving drunk if he were not here in the first place."

    "nor would it matter much if he was here if he hadn't been drinking......Americans Drink and drive too....this a drink and drive issue not an immigration issue." - Grand Union

    Thank you Grand Union, its so rare to see intelligent comments on here.