Victim identified in Youngstown’s fifth homicide of 2011

Staff report


The Mahoning County Coroner’s Office has identified a homicide victim, who was pronounced dead after the car he was driving crashed into a porch ramp and a tree in a South Side front yard, as Adrianne Johnson, 38, of East Boston Avenue.

Although the coroner’s office has issued no formal cause of death or ruling in this case, police are investigating the death as a homicide.

An autopsy will be performed today by Dr. Joseph Ohr, forensic pathologist and deputy coroner.

Johnson, who had to be extricated from the car by the fire department, was shot in the head before the car he was driving crashed at 2:38 p.m. Friday in the 100 block of St. Louis Avenue, police said.

The eastbound black car left the left side of the street, halfway between Hillman Street and Oak Hill Avenue, traveled about 200 feet through high grass, then crashed through tree branches before passing through a metal railing, hitting the wooden porch ramp and coming to rest against a tree.

Police found two shell casings in the rear of the car Johnson was driving and one on the sidewalk near that car.

A nearby resident said gunshots could be heard coming from two eastbound cars, one of which apparently was the one that crashed.

A police report quoted a witness who reported hearing four gunshots.

There were no reports of any suspects in custody as of late Sunday.

If ruled a homicide, Johnson would become the city’s fifth homicide victim of 2011. At this time in 2010, Youngstown had recorded 11 homicides.

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