Janika Rogers, 17, and Asija Johnson, 16, killed and Deontae Jamal Gillis, 17, injured after pickup strikes tree and catches fire on Russell County Road 18 south of Phenix City, Alabama
Modified Date:Wed, 03/18/2015 - 3:27pm
Accident Date:Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Deontae Jamal Gillis, 17, was injured when the 2000 Dodge Ram he was driving left the roadway and struck a tree before catching fire. Janika Rogers, 17, and Asija Johnson, 16, were both pronounced dead at the scene.
Two teenage girls died Tuesday afternoon after the pickup they were riding in went out of control, crashed into a tree off of Oswichee Road in Russell County and burst into flames about 15 miles south of Phenix City.
"It makes us feel terrible because last year on the same day I loss a friend to a car accident and for us to have another memorial that day and I saw the girls standing up beside us. I don't know how to go on," says Russell County High School student, Tyren Church.
Shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday, Deontae Jamal Gillis, 17, was driving a 2000 Dodge Ram on Russell County Road 18, about 15 miles south of Phenix City, when the pickup left the road and struck a tree before catching fire. Two passengers were pronounced dead at the scene, Janika Rogers, 17, and Asija Johnson, 16, both of Fort Mitchell. Gillis was brought to Columbus Medical Center with injuries.
Deontae Jamal Gillis
Roadway:Russell County Road 18
City:Phenix City, AL
County:Russell County, AL