Fifty-thousand dollars is the bond of Aiken’s own 41 year old Daniel Johnson, who is charged with reckless homicide after the death of a soldier out of Fort Gordon.
He was arrested Monday and charged after U.S. Army major Dr. Matthew Burke died from injuries he sustained in the October 1 accident in which the bicycle he was riding on was hit by Johnson.
An autopsy shows that the 37 year old died of massive head trauma from the accident. He was riding with a group of cyclists based in Augusta, Georgia on Beech Island Road when a Dodge Durango barreled towards them from behind and struck the group. Four from the group sustained injuries and were taken to local hospitals. They were all wearing reflective clothing and wore safety gear, and the sun was still up, as the incident occurred at around 6:30 p.m.
Johnson was uninjured and immediately taken into custody on the scene.