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Teen killed in car accident remembered through social media

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Stephanie Morales (source: Yearbook) Stephanie Morales (source: Yearbook)
NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) -

"Vote Stephanie for Queen" is trending on Twitter in memory of a Fort Dorchester High School volleyball player, killed in an accident.

Wednesday a judge granted bond for the driver deputies say caused the fatal crash.

Deputies say on January 25th, 17-year-old Stephanie Morales was the only passenger riding in a car on Lincolnville Road in Ladson before she died.

Along with a campaign on social media to vote the former volleyball player as prom queen, the school posted a statement on their Facebook page.

"Stephanie will be greatly missed by all, but will live on in our hearts and minds daily. She was the kind of young woman that anyone would be proud to call daughter, sister, and friend."

The driver, 18-year-old Geraldo Johnson Jr. faced a judge in bond court Wednesday morning.

The judge said, "I can't ignore the seriousness of the charge."

Johnson's grandmother said to the judge, "This was a very unfortunate accident. It just destroyed two families. He's a good child. All of these people are here supporting him."

The courtroom was packed with more than 20 family and friends of Johnson.

"I was actually at the scene of the accident and when I arrived he was doing CPR, he tried everything he could," said Johnson's mother.

In the court documents deputies stated Johnson was driving too fast for conditions when the accident happened.

According to court documents Johnson crossed over into the other lane, and then lost control before hitting several trees.

Morales was scheduled to graduate in may.

According to the school Facebook page, she planned to study cosmetology.

During court a Charleston County judge granted a $50,262 bond for Johnson.

Johnson will have to face a magistrate judge in March for his charge on driving an uninsured vehicle.

The reckless homicide charge will be taken up in general session's court this summer.

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