Family opens up after heartbreaking collision killing father of three

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY (WPBN/WGTU) -- The family of the 30-year-old Kingsley man who was killed in a car crash Thursday is talking about their loss.

Christopher Johnson's mother, Michelle, talks about her son with tears in her eyes.

"He was a kindhearted man," said Michelle. "He would give you the shirt off his back."

Christopher was a snow plow driver and landscaper, but more importantly he was a husband and father.

"He was my best friend through everything that we have ever been through," said Jordan Johnson, Christopher's wife. "He was the best dad ever and he was just so close with all of our kids."

The family said when they heard about the crash, they were in shock.

"It was unreal and I didn't believe it happened at first," said Jordan.

"It felt like somebody put their hand in my chest and ripped out my heart," said Michelle. "It felt like it was a dream. Like I was going to go to sleep and wake up and it was going to be over with."

Christopher's 6-year-old daughter, Eliaana, was also in the car during the crash.

She was treated at Munson Medical Center for non life threatening injuries, but Christopher's wife said the real healing process has just begun.

"He was her best friend. They were very close. That was his princess," said Jordan. "[The kids] just know that daddy went home to Jesus and to God."