Family decides to donate organs of Midwest City High School senior killed in crash

Kittrick Johnson Jr. died after colliding with a car Friday as he rode to school on his motorcycle. Police are asking the Oklahoma County district attorney to approve a negligent homicide charge against the other driver.
by Juliana Keeping Modified: November 5, 2012 at 7:29 pm •  Published: November 6, 2012
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— The family of a high school senior killed in a traffic accident has decided to donate his organs, an attorney for the family said Monday.

Kittrick Johnson Jr., 17, of Oklahoma City, was riding a motorcycle to Midwest City High School when he crashed Friday morning into a car that turned left in front of him on NE 10 near Lee Drive, police said. Johnson and his motorcycle caught fire, and he suffered third-degree burns over half his body, police said. He died Saturday.

Through the attorney, Johnson's mother, Donna Shuffield, said her son bought his motorcycle with money he earned working at a grocery store. He wore a helmet and other safety equipment at the time of the accident.

Johnson's organs are being donated via LifeShare, according to the attorney, Christina Kirk.

“Kit was a kind, loving young man who would do anything he could to help someone else out. It seems only natural to allow him to continue that legacy in death,” Kittrick Johnson Sr. said in a statement.

The driver of the 2009 Chevrolet Impala, James Griffiths, 63, of Midwest City, made an improper left turn in front of the motorcycle, police Chief Brandon Clabes said. Police are asking the Oklahoma County district attorney to approve a negligent homicide charge against Griffiths. He also could be cited for traffic violations, police said.


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by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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