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ID=18989867JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The victims of a fatal crash in the Arlington area Thursday have been identified.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, their names are Stephanie Gray, 34, and Steven Gray, 33.

The crash happened in the 10500 block of Ft. Caroline Rd. about 2 a.m.

The Grays were traveling eastbound in a white, full-sized pickup truck when it went missed a slight left turn, went off the road and slammed into a concrete utility pole owned by JEA.

Sgt. Rickie Valentine with the JSO told First Coast News on scene that it appears the victims were driving too fast and lost control.

"The vehicle struck the pole at such a speed and such an impact that it snapped the concrete pole," Sgt. Valentine said.

JEA spokeswoman Gerri Boyce informed FCN that the damaged pole was 60' tall and 10' feet in the ground.

She said it's significant that it was severed in two because the utility company historically does not lose concrete poles when they are hit by a moving vehicle.

This case, Boyce said, was different because it demonstrated a great deal of force. According to the JSO, Steven Gray, the passenger, was ejected and pronounced dead on scene.

Stephanie Gray, the driver, was wearing a seat belt, but was also pronounced dead.

The sound of the impact, neighbors reported, was so loud that it woke them up in the middle of the night.

"My dog started barking. I tried to get her to keep quiet. The next thing I know is there are lights everywhere," said Kelly Foster.

Sally Goodale, whose house is closest to the crash scene, said, "The way it sounded was like somebody ran into a brick wall."

Blurry, but dramatic cell phone pictures taken by Foster's husband, Dan, showed a number of emergency personnel responding.

Both Foster and Goodale said the accident was like nothing they had ever seen before.

"It was the worst accident I have ever seen. It was horrible," Foster said. "The bed (of the truck) was wrapped around the cracked pole. The rest was further down the road."

Goodale added, "This is probably about the tenth wreck that we've seen and definitely the worst that we've seen."

She and her family have lived off Ft. Caroline Rd. for nearly a decade. She believes speeding is a common problem for the area.

"They come speeding down and hit that incline off the bridge and it causes them to go flying," Goodale said.

Now, with a double fatal crash under investigation, the neighbors are hoping others will remember to obey the speed limit.

Foster said, "It's really said. You just hope they don't have children."

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