Jessica Keeps Her Distance from Lane Garrison

6/25/2007 2:37 PM PDT

Jessica Keeps Her Distance from Lane Garrison

Childhood friends Jessica Simpson and Lane Garrison had lunch together Friday afternoon -- but when it came time to leave, Jessica stayed a few steps behind ... avoiding a photo?

The pals dined at Senor Fred, a trendy Mexican restaurant in glamorous Sherman Oaks. Lane and Jess go way back -- Jessica's dad was Lane's family minister and he even lived with the Simpson clan for almost a year.

Last month, Garrison plead guilty to one count of vehicular manslaughter, one count of felony DUI with bodily injury and one misdemeanor count of providing alcohol to a minor. His sentencing is scheduled for August 2 and he faces five years and eight months in prison.

Let's hope they talked about lighter subject over lunch.