Caitlyn Louise Johnson
Note:  It is the mission of Dangerous Trailers.org to continue our efforts to reduce accidents caused by this unregulated industry. 

This accident happened so close to my home I wanted to show my respects to the family.  It is my hope they will allow our organization to feature who she was like the other families have allowed us to do.

Our organization is hart broken over this.  This family loved this person I saw it in their eye's..... I am sorry.....  Please go here to sign her Condolences


In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lisa Marie Fitzke Fund, C/O 1st Market Bank, 3107 Boulevard Suite 15, Colonial Heights, Virginia 23834






Dinwiddie woman dies when unhitched trailer hits car


By Staff Reports


Published: August 30, 2009

A Dinwiddie County woman died yesterday after her car was struck by a utility trailer that came unhitched from another vehicle.

Virginia State Police reported that Caitlyn L. Johnson, 20, died at VCU Medical Center. Johnson had been flown to the hospital after the accident about noon on U.S. 1 in Dinwiddie.

A state police spokesman said Johnson's 8-month-old child also was in the vehicle. The child was taken to Southside Regional Medical Center for evaluation and later released to family members.

Johnson was traveling north in a car when the vehicle was struck by a utility trailer that came unhitched from a southbound sport utility vehicle, police reported.

A 17-year-old who was driving the SUV was charged with reckless driving. Police did not release the driver's name.

Police last night were investigating why the utility trailer came unhitched.





Dinwiddie woman dies in crash


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DINWIDDIE - A county woman died after a Saturday wreck, but her infant survived.

Caitlyn L. Johnson, 20, died of her injuries Saturday night at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond.

At noon, a 15-foot utility trailer came unhitched from a Ford Expedition SUV being driven by a teenager. The trailer struck the Honda Accord Johnson was driving northbound on Boydton Plank Road, said Sgt. Thomas Molnar of Virginia State Police.

The 17-year-old SUV driver, who was not identified, is charged with reckless driving. The accident reconstruction team helped with the investigation, Molnar said.

The 8-month-old baby was not badly injured, and was released to family members, police said.






Johnson, Caitlyn L.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Caitlyn Louise Johnson, 20, of Petersburg, daughter of Bobby & Lisa Johnson was taken home to be with the Lord on Saturday, August 29, 2009. She was born on October 3, 1988 in Starkville, MS.

Caitlyn grew up mainly on Army bases in Germany where her father was stationed for 12 years. She moved to Dinwiddie County, VA in August 1999.

Caitlyn graduated from Dinwiddie High School in June 2006, and worked at Whataburger on Washington Street in Petersburg from the age of 16 until her passing. Caitlyn gave birth to her daughter, Lisa Marie on October 12, 2008, 9 days after her 20th birthday.

Lisa Marie was the center of Caitlyn's life. Bobby Johnson is a retired 22 year Army Veteran who has served in Desert Storm, Somalia, Kosovo, and Iraq. Caitlyn was very proud of her father’s service to his country. Dakota Johnson and Elizabeth Johnson are her brother and sister;

Caitlyn was the middle child. As a military family, growing up the kids were very close, and always were told that family would always be there when all others have left you. Most people do not understand the bond they had as a military family being so far from other family and moving so frequently. Even though she settled in Dinwiddie County, Caitlyn always remembered Germany as the place she grew up and Mississippi as her home.

Caitlyn was a peace, love, and happiness girl. She always saw the best in people, and always did so much for others. She never wanted money or material things; she just wanted everyone around her to be happy. When she was 10 years old she heard about a family who did not have anything for their kids for Christmas, and came to her mother and begged her not to give her any presents that year, but to give what she would have gotten to the family in need. She was a kind, gentle, soft hearted, giving person.

This world is not a better place without her, and she will be missed greatly by the people in her life that she touched with her smile and her love. Caitlyn left us far too soon, and she left a piece of her behind in Lisa Marie. She had a saying on her Facebook page that was on her Mamaw's (Bobby’s mother) headstone. . .God may not give me what I want, but He gives me what I need.

All Caitlyn had was a strong, close bond with her immediate family, and a beautiful baby girl that she loved beyond words, but she felt as though she were the richest person in the world for having those two things, and she was happy with just that. She dearly loved her grandparents Larry and Sylvia McDonald and her numerous Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.

There will be a celebration of life in her honor on Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at 5:00 P.M. at Picture Lake Campgrounds in Dinwiddie County. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lisa Marie Fitzke Fund, C/O 1st Market Bank, 3107 Boulevard Suite 15, Colonial Heights, Virginia 23834. Condolences may be registered at www.jtmorriss.com



I have struggled in my decision to post these pictures... and I have personally said my peace and left flowers at the location.  To all who views these pictures... ask yourself how did the baby survive?  Please give to the fund!!  It is a miracle that her child survived.  


Why did this happen?  Who owned the Trailer?  It is our intention to find out.


Ron,
 
I'm just wanted to let you know that I appreciate your passion involving these trailers.  On a weekly basis I issue summons to operators of these types of vehicles to include dead inspections, no state inspections, no break away brake cable, no safety chains and other related violations.  I make an effort to check every 2 axle trailer I pass during my routine patrol duties when I have free time.  Some of us do take these matters very seriously.  I have even spoken to the assistant manager at my local Home Depot reference them complying with state law and inspecting their rental trailers. I've noticed that some of them now have inspections and I will be checking them again soon, this time while on duty for a bigger impact. On a daily basis I look at the vehicle belonging to the young woman that was killed with her 8 month old child in the vehicle by an unsecured, poorly loaded 2 axle trailer.  The vehicle is in the impound lot at our division headquarters.  This keeps me motivated to enforce these laws, thanks for all your efforts.












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