Christian radio veteran Kip Johns recently joined the K-LOVE Radio Network as
late evening announcer. Although he moved to Sacramento, he was waiting until the school year
ended before he moved his family.
On Saturday, June 1, Kip, along with his wife Suzanne and three children, (Mike age 13, Ty age 7
and Ashley age 20 months), left from Idaho (where his parents live) to drive to Sacramento.
About 200 miles from Idaho, near Walla Walla, WA, just before midnight, a driver in an oncoming
lane fell asleep at the wheel of his Chevrolet Caprice and hit Kip’s minivan head on. His wife,
younger son and daughter were killed. His son Mike is in stable condition. Kip has a severely
broken arm. Both remain hospitalized.
Kip’s brother Tim has flown from Seattle to Walla Walla, WA today to be with Kip at the hospital.
The doctor said that he would probably release Kip and his son later this week; they would then
be going to Idaho to be with his parents.
According to the Associated press, The Washington State Patrol is seeking a man believed to
have fled the accident. The State Patrol says one occupant of the Chevrolet suffered a broken
leg. The other man in the Caprice fled on foot. He is identified as 24-year-old Jose Luis Garcia of
Walla Walla. The accident remains under investigation. But the State Patrol says whoever was
driving the Caprice could face vehicular homicide charges.
Those wishing to help Kip and Mike Johns may do so in two ways:
1. Donate to the “Kip Johns Family Relief Fund”, through Washington Mutual Bank. You can
donate using cash, check, or credit card at any Washington Mutual Bank, and you must mention that
this is a Washington State Account.
2. Donate by making a check out to the “Kip Johns Family Relief Fund”. The donation can be
mailed to: K-LOVE Radio 1425 North Market Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95834. We will forward it on to
the Washington Mutual Fund.
Please note that donating to either of these funds is not a tax-deductible contribution.
Kip Johns is scheduled to have surgery today on his arm. It is expected to last 4-5 hours. Mike
Johns came out of his coma, and the doctors have thoroughly checked him out, and are pleased
with his progress. Kip and Mike are sharing a room at the hospital. Funeral services are planned for
Tuesday, June 11 at 1pm at the Christ Community Church in Poulsbo, WA.