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South Florida man gets 30 years in prison for crash that killed 5-year-old

Driver was fleeing from Boynton police
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Posted at 8:50 AM, Apr 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-03 09:08:47-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A 23-year-old Florida man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for causing a crash that killed a 5-year-old boy.

Lex Eugene apologized for his actions Tuesday, telling the courtroom that he has brothers, nieces and nephews and can only imagine the pain that Jaydon Readon's family has endured since the 2016 crash.

Eugene was convicted in January on one count of vehicular manslaughter. Prosecutors say Eugene fled from Boynton Beach police and was driving about 60 mph (96 kph) in a 30 mph (48 kph) zone when he hit the boy as he walked to a park with his family.

Authorities say Eugene had been out of prison for just two months at the time and had accumulated drug and weapons charges by the time he turned 20.

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