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Teen Charged in Fatal Accident Pleads Not Guilty

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  A Phenix City teen charged in a fatal accident on JR Allen Parkway says he's not guilty.

Nineteen-year-old James Huguley is charged with vehicular homicide, reckless driving, DUI and other traffic violations following a deadly crash near Bradley Park Drive back in May.

A memorial has been set up along the roadway for Huguley's passenger and friend, 19-year-old Ronald "RJ" Holden who was killed instantly in the accident.

Police say Huguley was speeding and had been drinking when he lost control of his car and slammed into a tree.

Blood tests show Huguley's blood alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit at the time of the crash.

Witnesses say he was going between 80 and 100 miles per hour.

Reports indicate neither of the teens were wearing seatbelts.

Today, a judge set Huguley's bond at around $16,000 in Recorder's Court-a dollar amount the victim's family says is unfair.

Holden's relatives wanted Huguley to be denied bond or for it to be set higher.

"I really think the judicial system, the judge, issued a bond where somebody killed someone. That's totally absurd, totally absurd," said Holden's uncle, Earl Spann.

Authorities gave Huguley time to heal from his own injuries following the accident. He was ejected from the car and thrown close to 20 feet into the wood line.

When warrants were issued for his arrest this week, police say he hid from them before turning himself in Thursday.

His lawyer tells us he planned on posting bond Friday night. Police say they do not consider Huguley a flight risk.

The case has been bound over to Superior Court.

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