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20-year-old Cleveland man dead after driver with suspended license hits him

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Posted at 9:44 PM, Feb 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-09 21:44:31-05

20-year-old Davon Johnson was killed while walking across East 79th Street in Cleveland Tuesday. 

Johnson's mother, Christina Johnson is devastated her son was killed so young, but now she's learned the driver police say did it, should never have been driving in the first place.

"It's hard, it's hard, knowing you gave birth to a child and now that child ain't coming back no more," she said.

Johnson was walking east on St Clair Avenue, crossing at East 79th Street, when a box truck lost control on icy pavement and came crashing onto the sidewalk. Two motorbikes inside, that were not secured, were thrown from the truck bed landing on Johnson, killing him.

"He was just here, he was just at my doorstep," said Johnson.

Johnson is heartbroken about her son's death, but so angry at the man behind the wheel of the truck.

"To lose him to something like this, it didn't even have to be like this. That person had no business driving," she said.

Police records show, the driver, 51-year-old Michael Thomas of Ashtabula, was driving the box truck and left the scene on foot while the two motorbikes pinned Johnson down.

Thomas was driving with a suspended license and has a criminal history dating back to 1994. Records show, he's faced as many as 25 charges. The latest, vehicular homicide in Davon Johnson's death.

"Go grab your kids, hug your children, whatever you might be going through, there ain't nothing like this," said Johnson.

Thomas, according to police records, initially fled the scene but came back and turned himself into police.