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Julious Johnson stands outside Clearwater police headquarters Tuesday afternoon after a blood draw was obtained in an ambulance. Johnson is the driver of the Cadillac that struck and killed a Clearwater crossing guard.
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Douglas H. Carey
CLEARWATER – A 28-year-old Clearwater man remains in the Pinellas County Jail Tuesday night on charges related to a crash that killed a school crossing guard.

Julious Johnson was driving the Cadillac that struck and killed Douglas H. Carey, 70, a Clearwater Police school crossing guard, about 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 20. Johnson also left two children behind at the scene, a 2-year-old and 4-year-old, who were airlifted to All Children’s Hospital via Bayflight for treatment of life-threatening injuries. Clearwater police reported Tuesday afternoon that the two girls were in stable condition. Carey died at the scene.

Johnson was driving a 2014 Cadillac XTS westbound on State Road 60 in the curb lane just prior to the crash. Alexandria Clark, 22, was driving a 1997 Honda. Clark was preparing to turn north from the turn lane onto Belcher Road. Carey was standing on the northwest corner of the intersection.

Clearwater police said it appears that Johnson accelerated through the intersection to avoid the red light. Clark’s Honda struck the rear of the Cadillac, causing it to leave the roadway, striking Carey. Johnson fled the scene on foot. A Clearwater Police officer located Johnson in the 300 block of Gunn Avenue and took him into custody.

The Pinellas Medical Examiner's Office and the Pinellas State Attorney responded to the scene to assist with the investigation. The next of kin was notified.

After being read his Miranda rights, Johnson reportedly admitted to driving the vehicle and fleeing the scene on foot due to having a suspended driver's license. He was charged with leaving the scene of a crash resulting in death, leaving the scene of a crash with serious injury, driving with a license suspended or revoked resulting in death, driving with a license suspended or revoked resulting in serious injury, two charges of aggravated child neglect, resisting arrest without violence and possession of marijuana.

State Road 60 and Belcher Road intersection was closed for about 8 hours to process the extensive crash site. The road was reopened in all directions at about 3:45 p.m.

It was a sad day for the Clearwater Police Department. Carey was hired by the department Dec. 9, 1968 as a patrol officer and worked for Clearwater PD until he retired June 12, 1987. Carey continued his association with the department as a temporary seasonal police aide beginning March 15, 2010.

Pinellas County Commission Chair Karen Seel began Tuesday afternoon’s meeting, asking for a moment of silence to remember Carey. A Clearwater police officer left flowers near the site where Carey had been standing when he was killed.

The community is reaching out to express condolences on Clearwater PD’s Facebook page. One woman said her daughter cried when she heard the news. She had waved to Carey every morning. Another was the teacher of the 4-year-old and vowed she would do all she could to help the child. Many remarked on seeing Carey at his post every morning, working to keep the children safe.

Johnson is no stranger to the Pinellas County Jail. Arrest records go back to 2005, when the then 20-year-old was charged with two counts of obstructing or resisting an officer without violence. He spent time in the county jail three times in 2006 for reckless driving, possession of cocaine and marijuana, fleeing and eluding police, and for habitually driving on a suspended license.

In 2007, he was jailed twice for driving with a suspended license. Jail records show he was incarcerated five times in 2008 on charges ranging from domestic battery, driving with a suspended license, fleeing and eluding, and reckless driving.

In 2009, he was charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling and obstructing or resisting an officer without violence. He was jailed three times in 2010 for domestic battery, aggravated assault, tampering with a state witness, fleeing and eluding, trespassing and possession of cocaine. In 2011, he was booked into the jail two more times on charges of sale and possession of cocaine, and fleeing and eluding. He spent time in the state prison.

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