UPDATE: Three charged in deadly alleged street racing crash

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UPDATE (6:28 p.m.): Murphy’s attorney, Tony Lidgett, issued the following statement Tuesday evening:

“Javontae was an honor roll student in high school, an excellent athlete, and served in the National Guard where he received commendations for excellence. He is now facing the rest of his life in prison because another individual, whom he does not know, lost control of his car while allegedly in a speed contest with Javontae and others. Javontae’s family is completely heartbroken. The situation is saddening. I look forward to finding the truth, having Javontae acquitted of all charges, and back with his family where he belongs.”

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Three men have been charged in connection with a fatal alleged street racing crash in March in which vehicles reached speeds of more than 100 mph, police said.

Javontae Murphy, 23, and Brian Donte Dickerson Jr. are charged with second-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm and vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence. Devin Rufus, 22, is charged with accessory to hit and run.

According to a court filing, Murphy was identified as the driver of a Dodge Challenger involved in the race that stayed at the crash scene five minutes but left when the first patrol vehicle arrived.

Murphy pleaded not guilty Tuesday and was ordered held without bail. His next hearing is scheduled Aug. 9.

Rufus is scheduled to be formally arraigned next month. A court date has not been set for Dickerson and he is not listed in custody.

Police said three vehicles raced along Panama Lane early March 17 at such high speeds they became airborne at the intersection with Stine Road.

Upon landing, a Maserati Quattroporte collided with a vehicle not involved in the race and rolled over, hitting trees, police said. The Maserati’s driver, Antwon Washington, 29, was thrown and died at the scene.

The car had been traveling at 123 mph, a court filing says.

Another vehicle hit the center median and the driver and a passenger suffered minor injuries, police said. The third vehicle did not crash.

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