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EAST MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Charges are upgraded for a 27-year-old accused of drinking and driving during an accident that killed a teenager. Quincy Johnson, 27, is now back in Shelby County Sheriff's Office custody charged with one count of Vehicular Homicide and two counts of Vehicular Assault.

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office said a breathalyzer proves that Johnson was legally drunk when he blacked out and crossed the yellow line on Hacks Cross north of Meadow Vale, striking the other vehicle head-on.

In the other vehicle was Keyon Moss, 13, who passed away from his injuries Sunday afternoon. Also in the vehicle with him were Keyon's cousins, including an 18-month-old girl, who were all taken to various local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

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Johnson was initially released on $50,000 bond Monday morning. Keyon's uncle Pastor Linwood Dillard said, "Who's to say if he's released that he will not get behind the wheel of a car again and do this all over again?"

Monday night, the sheriff's office said his charges were upgraded to one count of Vehicular Homicide and two counts of Vehicular Assault along with the existing DUI and Reckless Driving charges.

This tragic accident comes during the Christmas season, which was supposed to be a joyful time for the Moss and Dillard families. Keyon's grandmother Lorsie Dillard said, "I just got through buying all his Christmas presents. I won't be able to give it to him."

Keyon was aspiring to become a pastor like his uncle Linwood Dillard, who said Keyon always told him he wanted to take over his church some day.

"He always would ask me about preaching and he always asked me about how I dress," said Linwood Dillard, Jr., pastor and victim's uncle. "Every Sunday I came in he always checked me out from head to toe."

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