Clearwater police add vehicle homicide charge in violent 70-mph crash

May 27, 2014 

CLEARWATER -- The driver who ran a red light and triggered a violent crash that led to the May 20 death of a Clearwater police crossing guard now faces yet another charge.

Julious Johnson, who remains in the Pinellas County Jail, faces an additional charge of vehicular homicide from Clearwater police after the event data recorder on the Cadillac he was driving showed he was going approximately 70 mph at the time of the accident. The speed limit on that section of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard at Belcher Road is 40 mph.

Johnson was driving westbound on Gulf-to-Bay and ran the red light at Belcher, colliding with a car that was trying to turn left from eastbound Gulf-to-Bay onto Belcher.

His Cadillac struck and killed Doug Carey, a former Clearwater police officer who for the last four years worked as a school crossing guard. Carey was killed instantly as he stood at the northwest corner of the intersection.

Johnson ran from the scene after the crash, abandoning his two daughters who were injured in the wreck. He faces nine other charges in addition to Tuesday's vehicular homicide filing.

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

The crash occurred a week ago today.

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