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Londyn Johnson, Thabiti Pierre-Louis

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The parents of an infant who was killed in a car accident on Tuesday told WSOC they forgive the driver police say is responsible.

Investigators said Thabiti Pierre-Louis had been drinking and speeding when he lost control of the car and struck a pole.

Six people were in the car, including 4-month-old Londyn Johnson. The infant died in the wreck.

Investigators said the baby was sitting on her mother’s lap in a back seat of the car when the crash happened. Londyn was ejected from the car on impact and killed when the vehicle flipped and landed on top of her, police said.

Pierre-Louis is now facing several charges.

WSOC spoke with Londyn’s parents, who said Pierre-Louis made a mistake.

“God said forgive and I forgive him,” Londyn’s father said. “He would babysit her every day. He would never mean for something like this to happen. I hate to see a good person go through something like this.”

The grandmother of the infant said that the group was coming home from a nearby pool and picked up an extra passenger, so they decided to put the baby’s car seat in the trunk.

They were only about two minutes from home.

Police said Pierre-Louis had been drinking and they charged him with felony death by vehicle, reckless driving, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and simple possession of marijuana.

He is in the Mecklenburg County Jail with his first court appearance set for Thursday.

Source: WSOC


  • Molly Kay

    The parents are just as responsible for their baby’s death. She should have been in an infant car seat. It is the law. The parents should be charged with murder too!

  • Beth

    Why wasn’t this poor baby in a car seat? And, forgive …? Didn’t the other people in the car (including the idiot holding the baby) know this jerk was intoxicated? This whole thing stinks to high heaven.

  • Faye Farlow

    This is so wrong in so many ways,we all know that.We do not understand the bad judgements ! God has the baby now .She could be in no better hands

  • peopleamazeme

    That is high and mighty of them to forgive him when in all actuality it was THEIR fault. He didn’t put that baby in car nor in the back with no car seat. They did the people who are supposed to protect their child and keep them safe. He was wrong for driving while drunk, but the parents are just as much at fault and should be charged!

  • B

    I hate to see a good person go through something like this.” He was a bad drunk person driver that was responsible for a baby’s death along with all of the other stupid adults/caregivers in the car. Was everyone in the car drunk? People just don’t get it when it when it comes to driving while impaired= death. I will just hold my baby while the my babysitter/ drunk drives the car. Stupid, stupid, and stupid.

  • FaithC

    A good person? No he is not a good person. A good person does not drink and drive and good parents do not take the child out of her car seat no matter what. I guess the parents forgive the driver because they know they are just as much at fault and they need to forgive themselves too.
    This is not an accident. Once you drink and get behind the wheel of a car you well know you can kill someone.

    • Miriam

      What was my cousin thinking….stupid….stupid..bad decision…why was this baby not in a car seat????why on earth are you drinking…driving…. pot……why???? You are from a good home…..well educated family…loving and caring mother…great sisters….why did you make this stupid decision….everyone is to blame…why would a mother not but her new born in a car seat??? One bad decision changes the course of life….your family is in so much pain…..praying for this little baby…..and everyone involved…..

  • kiamom50

    Nothing else needs to be said..everyone aid it all..irresponsible parents should be charged as well. They were just as much at fault if not more for putting that precious little girl on her mother’s lap while in the car with a drunk..HOW STUPID CAN YOU BE…I MEAN REALLY!!! HOW STUPID?

  • Janet

    Yeah so nice of THEM to forgive him but it is their fault for not caring for their infant in the first place

  • EJR

    Excuse me? Granted he should not have been driving but why get in the caar with him to begin with? And there’s no room for the babyseat? It should never have been taken out to begin with. Do you know that it takes an EXPERIENCED person at least 30 ,inutes to poperly install a baby seat? Check with your local fire dept.

  • Elyse dock

    Very sad that child so small was killed. Forgive, yeah not happening. My entire family was killed in a car accident by drunk driver and I survived I don’t forgive that guy if I could get away with it Id make him suffer like I do. Anyway the parents should be held responsible for the child safety why wasn’t he in a car seat!! They should be also charged with felony child abuse/neglect or endangerment. Kid would of probably lived if the mom wasn’t a shmuck. Good job mom mother of the year for you.

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