Woman Charged in Construction Workers Deaths on Great River Bridge

Emily Johnson, of Gladstone, Illinois is charged with two counts of reckless homicide in the deaths of two construction workers working for Frank Millard and Co. on the Great River Bridge at Burlington in October of last year.

According to a press release from the Henderson County State Attorney’s Office, Johnson is also charged with two counts of aggravated, unlawful use of an electronic communication device.

Johnson faces between a minimum of six years in prison and a maximum of 28 years for the reckless homicide charges.

Pearson J. Franklin, of New London and Andrew Whitcomb, of Burnside, Illinois., were working on the Great River Bridge on the morning of Oct. 18, 2022 when they were hit by a car driven by Johnson. Authorities say Johnson was using her cell phone at the time. Johnson was traveling west when her car struck a barrel, continued on, and then struck the two construction workers, resulting in fatal injuries.