Neighbors react to crossing guard death

Clearwater, Florida – Neighbors of the man who is accused of killing a school crossing guard and retired Clearwater Police officer told 10 News that he was a known speeder in the neighborhood on S. Jupiter Ave.

"Numerous times we've seen a black Cadillac speeding considerably up and down the street," said Russell Chachula.

Another man told us that he had called police on numerous occasions because Julious Johnson would speed down the streets at speed of up to 70 miles per hour, but nothing was ever done.

"I feel like [it could] have been prevent if they actually went and spoke to the gentleman," said a neighbor who only wanted to be identified as James.

Still, many were stunned to see that very same car was involved in a crash that killed crossing guard Doug Carey at the corner of Belcher Road and Gulf to Bay Blvd. around 9 o'clock Tuesday morning.

"[Here at] Clearwater PD our hearts are very heavy today. We lost one of our own," said Chief Anthony Holloway.

He was loved, too, by students he help cross the busy street every single day.

"He was really nice, he was always there, he was sweet… he was funny," said young student Tatiana Horn.

She witnessed Carey's death, and Johnson reportedly jump from his wrecked car, hand his two-year-old to a total stranger and flee the scene.

The 28-year-old suspect also left behind his four-year-old daughter – who was ejected from the car – laying on the street.

"What he told the detectives…he ran away from the scene because he had a suspended license," said Chief Holloway.

Johnson has been arrested 17 times since 2005 and is facing at least 8 more charges related to Tuesday morning's crash.

As of Tuesday, he faces charges of Leaving the Scene of a Crash resulting in Death, Leaving the Scene of a Crash with Serious Injury, DWLSR Resulting in Death, DWLSR Resulting in Serious Injury, Aggravated Child Neglect (2 charges), Resisting Arrest W/Out Violence, Poss. of Marijuana.

According to police, both of his daughters in stable condition at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg.

Johnson is expected to make his first court appearance Wednesday morning.


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