IMAGE: Lorenzo Steve Jackson

Lorenzo Steve Jackson is charged with two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of fleeing and eluding police.

A Flint Township man is facing murder charges after two people were killed in a crash on Christmas Eve.

A man and woman died in the early morning hours of Christmas Eve when their vehicle was struck at the intersection of S. Saginaw and 12th Street in Flint.

Police believe speed and drugs contributed to the crash that happened about 12:30 a.m.

The driver of a white Ford Ranger pick-up was taken to Hurley Medical Center in serious condition after running a traffic light at a high rate of speed and colliding with a Pontiac Grand Am.

The driver and passenger of the Pontiac were pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the truck, Lorenzo Steve Jackson, was charged with two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of fleeing a police officer.

Jackson has been referred to a forensic center for a competency evaluation.

Prior to the crash, police observed the truck driving recklessly southbound on Saginaw Street and swerving into traffic, according to the Genesee County Prosecutor's Office.

Officers activated their emergency lights and sirens in an attempt to stop the vehicle. The suspect's vehicle ran a red light and crashed into the Grand Am, the prosecutor's office said.

"At a time when many people are celebrating the joys of the holidays with friends and family, a terrible tragedy has unexpectedly taken two lives," Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said. "My heart goes out to their families as they deal with their tragic losses."

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