Suspect in Steam Mill Rd. deadly accident found to have alleged criminal history

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A Columbus teenager is wanted after police say he is to blame for a deadly car accident on Steam Mill Rd.

Columbus police say they are searching for 19-year-old Raheem McClam for charges of vehicular homicide, and other charges related to the January 18th accident.

The collision killed one person, while two others were severely injured.

According to the accident report, Claudia Johnson was killed. The report shows she was in the car with Karl Hollis.

Hollis’s neighbor, Mildred Jenkins, says she is friends with Hollis’s grandmother, and says he is on the slow road to recovery.

“He’s still in the hospital. She said he is doing better than he was, that he had four operations, but he still can’t talk,” says Jenkins.

Jenkins says Hollis’s family says he still doesn’t recognize them.

Columbus police say McClam was driving 84 mph in a 35 mph zone with five passengers in his car. All of the passengers are considered juveniles. CPD says one of the passengers is still in the hospital for severe injuries.

These charges only add to McClam’s alleged criminal history.

Just two days before the crash, McClam was charged with statutory rape and electronically furnishing obscene materials. Documents show he was in Recorder’s Court the morning of January 18th. The accident occurred later that same day.

In the same month, Opelika police picked up McClam after police say he and seven other teenage suspects burglarized the Car Mart, then led police on a chase. 

McClam was charged with burglary, theft, attempting to elude officers and bringing stolen property into Alabama.

Other cases with Columbus police date back to 2016.

According to police reports and court documents, there are cases from June 2017 and November 2017 that are still open. Records indicate McClam made bail.

“Mr. McClam is considered dangerous due to his lengthy alleged criminal activity and arrests in the past, so we do consider him a flight risk, so if you see him, don’t approach him and consider him a flight risk too,” says Sgt. Fred Carnes with CPD.

Columbus police ask if you see McClam, to please call 911.

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