I-Team: Driver in fatal hit-and-run smoked marijuana

Likely smoked within hours of crash

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Our I-Team has obtained some exclusive details on what may have contributed to a crash that killed a crossing guard in May.

The toxicology report we obtained today indicates that 28-year-old Julious Johnson, who fled the crash scene after hitting the crossing guard had smoked marijuana, likely within hours of when the crash occurred.

Johnson ran over and killed 70-year-old Doug Carey, a retired Clearwater Police Officer, at the intersection of Gulf-To-Bay Blvd. and Belcher Road.

Johnson then fled on foot, leaving two girls, ages 2 and 4, in his car.

Medical experts we spoke to say that assessing the impact of marijuana in a person's system is complicated, but that the positive toxicology report could be used as evidence of impairment at the time of the crash.

Police say marijuana was seized at the scene.

Johnson is awaiting trial on numerous charges, including vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident, and neglect of a child.

The State Attorney's Office is reviewing the information to determine whether to file additional charges.

Editor's Note: The Pinellas County State Attorney's Office has determined that no additional charges will be filed in the case against Julious Johnson.

The toxicologist from the Pinellas Medical Examiner's Office told prosecutors that all they could determine from the toxicology results were that Johnson had ingested marijuana in a 24-hour period around the accident, but could provide no conclusions of impairment.

The Clearwater Police Officers who arrested Johnson saw no signs of impairment.

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