A prominent Gainesville Realtor died Tuesday after a car crash on Ga. 365 in front of Jaemor Farms.
Nola Erice Johnson, 78, was killed after a tractor-trailer collided with her Lexus, driven by her husband William Johnson, 77, as it pulled out from Jaemor Farms Road after 5 p.m. Tuesday.
“The vehicle attempted to cross the northbound lanes, failing to yield to the tractor-trailer,” said Georgia State Patrol Sgt. Anthony Coleman. “The tractor-trailer steered to avoid the impact, but the truck struck the passenger car. After impact, the tractor-trailer jackknifed and overturned.”
Both of the Johnsons suffered injuries and were transferred to Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Erice Johnson died after arriving at the hospital, Coleman said. Hospital officials said William Johnson was in fair condition as of Wednesday afternoon.
The truck driver, Charles Littrell, 26, of Harrogate, Tenn., did not suffer any noted injuries, Coleman said.
There are no charges at this point.
Certified appraiser Mary Thompson heard of Erice Johnson’s death Wednesday morning at a Hall County Board of Realtors meeting. Members at the meeting, Thompson said, were dumbfounded by the news.
“My jaw just about dropped to the floor,” Thompson said. “She’s just such a nice lady and one of the first persons that I met. It was like I couldn’t believe it.”
Bill St. Clair, a former president of the Rotary Club of Gainesville, bought the house he lives in now from Erice Johnson, who was deeply involved in Rotary.
“She played the piano every day. ... When people were getting their food and sitting down and talking (at Rotary meetings), background music was live piano with Erice Johnson, which was just amazing,” St. Clair said.
Knowing the city of Gainesville like the back of her hand, Erice Johnson became known as a prominent Realtor in the area, Thompson said.
“Everybody in the real estate business knew her and appreciated her and felt that she complemented that area of business in this community,” St. Clair said.
Thompson said no arrangements were known as of Wednesday evening.
“Just the sweetest, classiest lady. ... Every time you see her, she had that smile on her face, just real classy, real soft-spoken but just always glowing,” Thompson said.