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Man facing murder charge after deadly crash claimed 3-year-old

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21-year-old Stephen Holland at his video arraignment on February 22  (Credit: Fox 2 News) 21-year-old Stephen Holland at his video arraignment on February 22 (Credit: Fox 2 News)
DETROIT (WJBK) -

The driver accused of speeding and causing a deadly crash is now charged with murder.  The crash killed a three-year-old girl and left several other people injured.

21-year-old Stephen Holland limped up to the camera during his video arraignment wearing a neck brace and holding his hand over his chest presumably from injuries he suffered in a devastating crash.

Police said on Sunday afternoon, Holland was speeding when he blew through a stop sign and slammed into a parked car at Wildermere and Thatcher in Detroit.  A three-year-old girl was pronounced dead at the hospital.  Three other people were seriously hurt and are still being treated.

Holland is now charged with second-degree murder and several additional counts of reckless driving.  We are told he just got his driver's license a month ago.  A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf, and his attorney told the judge he was just a few doors from home when the crash took place.

The attorney also said his client is a high school graduate with no prior criminal record.  He called the accident a tragedy, but the judge called the allegations inexcusable and pointed out that police believe Holland was speeding up to 80 miles an hour in a residential neighborhood when he lost control.  It is believed the child that died was not in a car seat.

Holland's attorney did not stick around and talk to reporters.  His client's bond was set at $250,000 cash, and he could face up to life in prison if convicted.

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