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NC teen charged with vehicular homicide for Florence crash that killed 2 people

Alex Lomax. Source: Florence County Detention Center Alex Lomax. Source: Florence County Detention Center

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – A 19-year-old Greensboro, North Carolina man has been charged with two counts of reckless vehicular homicide in connection with a two-vehicle crash that left two people dead at the Five Points intersection in Florence on June 3.

"Alex is just horrified that this happened," said Kevin Barth, Lomax's attorney. "He really is. I promise you nobody is more remorseful or sorry that this accident happened than him."

Alex Lomax was booked by Florence Police Thursday morning, according to Lt. Mike Brandt with the department. His bond was set at $80,000 at a bond hearing Thursday afternoon - $40,000 for each count of reckless vehicular homicide.

Florence County Sheriff's Office booking information showed Lomax was released on bail at 2:38 p.m. Thursday. As a condition for his bond, he is not allowed to have any contact with the victims' families.

The crash involved a sedan and a pickup truck driven by Lomax, officials said.

Warrants released by the Florence Police Department reveal that Lomax admitted to authorities that he was going over the posted 35 mile-per-hour speed limit and he ran through a red traffic light on Cashua drive before striking the vehicle carrying the two victims. He also said he had the vehicle's cruise control set at the time.

"It was the worst day of his life without any question whatsoever," Barth said.

Keith Von Lutcken, Florence County Coroner, identified the victims in the sedan as 29-year-old Krystal Johnson and 28-year-old William, better known as Ray, Johnson.

"Her loss is very noted in this community," said George Jebaily, the attorney for Krystal's family.

One of the involved vehicles could be seen overturned at the intersection. Emergency crews were at the scene of the accident at the intersection of Cashua Drive and State Roads 21-29 and 21-13.

Major Carlos Raines with City of Florence Police said within the past five years, there have been 11 accidents in the intersection of Five Points. Raines added that of those 11 accidents, the only fatal crash was on June 3.

This is the first major accident the Florence Police Department was able to use its new accident reconstruction technology to investigate, Lt. Brandt said. He said the system gives accident reconstructions more precise tools than when they previously had to do all of the measurements by hand. A $27,000 grant helped fund the system, he said.

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