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U.S. Navy Sailor Dies In Jacksonville Tree Accident During Tropical Storm Elsa

A file photo of Deshawn Levon Johnson, who was killed in an accident caused by Tropical Storm Elsa.
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Deshawn Levon Johnson was killed in an accident caused by Tropical Storm Elsa on July 7, 2021.

A U.S. Navy Sailor is identified as the man killed in an accident caused by Tropical Storm Elsa on Wednesday.

Virginia native Deshawn Levon Johnson, 26, was killed when his car was struck by a falling tree knocked down by the storm. He was driving north on Roosevelt Boulevard in Ortega, north of Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, when the accident occurred, according to a news release from the U.S. Navy.

“The War Eagle family mourns the tragic loss of our shipmate,” said Cmdr. Timothy Campbell, the commanding officer of Johnson’s squadron, in the release. “Airman Johnson had a lasting impact on our squadron and we wish his family healing and peace during this incredibly difficult time.”

Tristan Wood can be reached at newsteam@wjct.org or on Twitter at @TristanDWood.

Tristan is WJCT’s 2021 Summer Reporting Intern. He has previously worked as the City and County Commission reporter for the Independent Florida Alligator, Gainesville’s student-run newspaper, and Fresh Take Florida, a news service working in partnership with the Associated Press to cover the Florida Legislature and select political news stories across the state.