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Driver accused in crossing guard death charged with homicide

TBO.com staff
Published:   |   Updated: May 28, 2014 at 12:26 AM

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The driver charged with running a red light that triggered a violent crash that killed a school crossing guard in Clearwater one week ago faces yet another charge.

Julious Johnson, who remains in the Pinellas County Jail, was charged with vehicular homicide on Tuesday, Clearwater Police said. That’s in addition to nine other crimes Johnson had already been charged with, including leaving the scene of an accident causing death and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The homicide charge was added after the data recorder on the Cadillac Johnson was driving showed he was going approximately 70 mph at the time of the accident, police said. The speed limit on the section of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard at Belcher Road where the crash occurred is 40 mph.

Police say Johnson was driving westbound on Gulf-to-Bay and ran the red light at Belcher, colliding with a car that was trying to turn. The Cadillac then struck and killed Doug Carey, a former Clearwater Police officer who was on duty as a school crossing guard.

Johnson ran from the scene after the crash, leaving behind his two daughters who were injured in the wreck, police said.

The 70-mph speed was captured by the data recorder system of the 2014 Cadillac XTS one second before the first airbag deployed, police said.

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