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Driver in deadly St. Pete stolen car crash faces new charge

ST. PETERSBURG — The 20-year-old man who police say crashed a stolen car and a killed a woman last month faces a new charge of vehicular homicide, authorities announced Friday.

Carl McKinley is accused of driving the stolen Hyundai Sonata that rammed into a PT Cruiser carrying 67-year-old Mae Speights and her daughter, Yalanda, 46, on Nov. 24. The pair were returning home from a shopping trip. The mother was driving, turning onto 25th Street from 18th Avenue S shortly before 3 p.m., when the Sonata sped into them.

Police said four men were inside the Hyundai and had sped off moments earlier after seeing a police cruiser. St. Petersburg police said the officers were not chasing the men.

Yalanda Speights, a soft-spoken artist whose family said she was developmentally disabled, died a week later. Her mother was hospitalized but later released.

Lazarius Faulk, 19; Clifford Washington, 19; and Jaquez Rouse, 18 were in the car with McKinley, police said. They each face charges of grand theft auto.

McKinley also faces a charge of violating his probation.

READ MORE: 'Hot Wheels,' a special report on Pinellas County's juvenile car theft epidemic

Contact Zachary T. Sampson at zsampson@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8804. Follow @ZackSampson.

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