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Vehicular homicide charges filed on driver in crash that killed pregnant passenger

Posted at 10:01 AM, Nov 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-01 10:01:32-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- A man is facing two felony vehicular homicide charges after a rollover crash in April that took the life of a pregnant woman in Lehigh Acres.

24-year-old Bobby Hodges of Lehigh Acres is facing two 2nd degree vehicular homicide charges and one charge of fleeing/eluding police.

According to Florida Highway Patrol, the crash happened on April 12, 2018 on Joel Boulevard, near 13th Street.

It started on 10th Street East when a Lee County deputy attempted to pull Hodges over, but he did not stop.  Hodges fled at high speed and the deputy did not pursue.

A short time later, Hodges lost control of the vehicle while making a pass on Joel Boulevard.  His SUV rolled over several times, ejecting the passenger, 18-year-old Mariah Pitts, who was pregnant.

Pitts and her unborn baby were pronounced dead at the scene.

Hodges was arrested early Thursday morning following an "exhaustive" investigation.