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Police: Man was going 65 in 25 before killing Asheville pedestrian

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Maximilian Alexander (Source: Asheville Police Dept.) Maximilian Alexander (Source: Asheville Police Dept.)
ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Charges have been upgraded against a driver after police said they determined he was going 65 mph in a 25 mph speed zone when he lost control of his vehicle, hitting and killing a woman who was walking.

On July 13, Asheville police said 29-year-old Maximilian Alexander ran off the road and hit Virginia Senechal, 66, who was walking on the sidewalk along Kimberly Avenue.

Alexander was initially arrested on charges of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, operating a vehicle in a careless and reckless manner and no insurance. He was released on $2,000 bond.

Once the investigation was finished, police said they consulted with the district attorney and charges were upgraded to involuntary manslaughter.

Police said data from Alexander's car's onboard computer showed he was going 40 mph above the posted speed limit before he lost control. According to the crash report, he was entering a left hand curve when he lost control, running off the right side of the road and hitting Senecal. He had slowed to 45 mph when he hit her, police said.

Alexander turned himself back in to police on Thursday and was released on a written promise to appear, according to police.

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