Willamette collision update

By The Beacon | March 30, 2011 9:00pm

Employee’s husband dies after car crash

(Photo Courtesy of Christina Nelson)

By Caitlin Yilek, Staff Writer -- yilek12@up.edu

Phil Johnson, husband of Bon Appétit employee Gwen Johnson, died Mar. 24, four days after the two were involved in a car collision near the University's main entrance.

Phil Johnson was 76.

"He was the greatest person on earth, and a fantastic father and husband," Johnson said.

Johnson's station wagon hit a tree after her husband suffered a stroke while driving her to work early March 20.

"I'm ready to get back to work, but (my bosses) won't let me," Johnson said. "I suppose I need to get over the shock of everything."

The crash left Johnson with fractured ribs and vertebrae in her neck.

UP employees have been supportive of Johnson. Physical Plant employees helped fix the plumbing in Johnson's kitchen this week and other employees have helped her grocery shop, Tamee Flanagan, a marketing manager at Bon Appétit said.

"We are supporting her in any way that she allows us to," Flanagan said. "We all respect and care for her greatly."