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Family launches Gofundme for Brian Dean Johnson; a pedestrian killed in Apple Valley

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. ( — Brittany Johnson, has created a Gofundme to help cover the final expenses for her father, Brian Dean Johnson, a pedestrian who lost his life in the tragic accident near Las Brisas Family Restaurant in Apple Valley.

The crash occurred on January 11, 2024, at about 6:05 pm, on State Highway 18 at the intersection of Pawnee Road.

Upon investigation, deputies determined Brian Johnson, 34, a resident of Apple Valley, was walking north, attempting to cross the highway.

pedestrian killed on highway 18 near pawnee road identified as brian dean johnson
(Sheriff’s officials said Brian ran into the roadway, colliding with the passenger side of the Toyota. Subsequently, he fell into the eastbound lanes of the highway and was struck by the Dodge. Photo: Hugo Valdez,

“For an unknown reason, the pedestrian ran into the roadway hitting the passenger side of the Toyota. The pedestrian fell into the eastbound lanes of State Highway 18 and was struck by a silver Dodge Ram 1500,” stated sheriff’s officials in a news release.   

No injuries were reported by the driver of the black Toyota Tacoma, a 48-year-old male from Apple Valley, or the driver of the silver Dodge Ram 1500 a 37-year-old male, also from Apple Valley.

pedestrian killed on highway 18 near pawnee road identified as brian dean johnson

Further investigation by deputies ruled out drugs or alcohol as contributing factors in the crash. State Highway 18, spanning between Navajo Road and Quinnault Road, remained closed for approximately 5 hours as investigators processed the area for evidence.

Known for his love of the outdoors and dedication to working on cars, Brian leaves behind a legacy cherished by his children, Stephan and Brittany, as well as four grandchildren.

The family now faces the challenging task of arranging Brian’s final farewell. They are reaching out to the community for support, with the goal of gathering the necessary resources to handle Brian’s final expenses.

Pedestrian Killed on Highway 18 Thursday Night near Las Brisas Family Restaurant

Brittany Johnson expresses deep gratitude for any assistance, emphasizing that every contribution, regardless of the amount, will play a crucial role in helping the family navigate this difficult period.

The funds collected will not only honor Brian’s memory but also provide the family with the means to find closure. Link to donate: In Memory of Brian Dean Johnson

Anyone with any information or anyone who may have witnessed the collision is asked to contact Deputy R. Grissom at the Apple Valley Sheriff’s Station at (760) 240-7400 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at (760) 956-5001. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463) or you may leave the information on the We-Tip website at

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