Mother of 3 killed on Route 8 was Canton firefighter

Canton firefighter killed running across State Route 8
Woman killed running across lanes on Route 8. (Source: WOIO)
Woman killed running across lanes on Route 8. (Source: WOIO)
Tonya Johnson (Source: Canton Fire)
Tonya Johnson (Source: Canton Fire)

AKRON, OH (WOIO) - Akron Police are investigating a deadly crash on Route 8 at Tallmadge Ave. The victim has been identified as Tonya R. Johnson, 43, of Canton. Johnson was a Canton firefighter.

Her death doesn't make sense to those who knew Johnson.

"She touched so many lives. She was the most giving person I've ever met and she made everyone around her better," said Canton Fire Chief Akbar Bennett.

The mother of two boys in their 20s and a 13-year-old daughter was hit and killed Monday.

Akron police said she and her husband of less than a month were in a car and got into an argument. She got out of the car and ran across three lanes of traffic, climbed over a median and was hit and killed by a truck going the opposite direction.

Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene. Her husband stayed at the scene.

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

People are leaving condolences on the fire station's Facebook page.

The Canton Fire sent the following statement:

The Canton, Ohio Fire Department has suffered a tremendous loss. Firefighter/paramedic Tonya Johnson passed away last night as the result of a car vs. pedestrian accident in Summit County. Our condolences and sympathy are with her family at this time. Tonya came on the job May 18, 1998. She was an excellent firefighter / paramedic and served the City well. She is survived by her 2 sons and 1 daughter. Services will be determined at a later date.

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