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Posted: August 14, 2014 1:53 p.m.

Man charged after crash kills 'Freeway Johnny'

ATLANTA (AP) — Police say a motorist is accused of drunken driving in a wreck that killed a homeless man known as "Freeway Johnny," who greeted drivers for years near Atlanta's Downtown Connector.

WSB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1sXMbPt ) that Johnny Johnson Jr. would stand with a sign and wave and salute people stuck in traffic near Interstate 20 eastbound.

Atlanta police say 25-year-old Joshua Reese left the ramp and slammed into Johnson's tent as he slept under a bridge early Saturday. Fulton County Jail records show that Reese faces several charges including homicide by vehicle and driving under the influence of alcohol. The jail records do not list an attorney for Reese.

Driver Tim McDavid said Johnson would salute drivers stuck in traffic, greet them with a big smile and say "God bless you."

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