Man accused of hitting two people, killing one in Jacksonville Beach arrested

Suspect entered a not guilty plea

Joshua Lovingood pleads not guilty

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. — UPDATE 12/2/2019: Joshua Lovingood entered a not guilty plea. His pretrial has been set for January.

An arrest has been made regarding a crash in Jacksonville Beach that left a man dead in July. Police said they arrested Joshua Lovingood in Ohio.

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He will be extradited back to Florida and faces the following charges:

  • Driving under the influence manslaughter
  • Vehicular homicide
  • Driving under the influence with damage
  • Driving under the influence with injury
  • Driving while license suspended or revoked

Lovingood allegedly struck two pedestrians on 2nd St. North in Jacksonville Beach with his car on July 11 just before midnight, killing Bryn Turner at the scene. The other pedestrian, Julio Gomez, is still recovering from his serious injuries.

Police say both of them were walking when they were hit by Lovingood, who, police say was going well over twice the speed limit.  After hitting them, Lovingood kept driving down 2nd Street North and hit a stop sign and a palm tree, causing the car to flip.

Police drew his blood at the scene because of suspension of him being under the influence of alcohol. Results reveal his blood alcohol content was .228 and there was also THC found in his system. The Jacksonville Beach Police Department said they obtained an arrest warrant through the State Attorney's Office and Lovingood was arrested Wednesday in Ohio.

The attorney for the survivor sent the following statement:

We (Woolsey Morcom and The Fusco Law Group) represent Julio Gomez with respect to his injuries resulting from the tragic motor vehicle incident that occurred on July 11, 2019.  This is a terrible incident that will have a permanent impact on Mr. Gomez, as well as Mr. Turner's survivors.  We all extend our best wishes to Mr. Turner's family.  We were pleased to see local law enforcement and the State Attorney's Office made the decision to make an arrest in this matter and appreciate their hard work.
We have been investigating the accident and the activities that led to the impaired driver getting behind the wheel of the vehicle in his condition and intend to pursue all civil claims available to Mr. Gomez, including claims against the driver and third parties.
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