Last month, Lucky Wade Jackson allegedly ran a red light in Martinez, killing 19-year-old Jordan Elizabeth White, The Columbia County News-Times reports.
Authorities held off on charging Jackson until the results from a blood alcohol test came back. Now the results are in, and Jackson is being charged with vehicular homicide. According to the results, Jackson's blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit.
On the fateful night, White, a student at Augusta State University, had a green left-turn arrow at the intersection of Ronald Regan Drive and Washington Road. As she made a left turn, Jackson allegedly ran a red light in his F250 pickup and slammed into the driver's side door of White's Honda Accord.
White's car spun around and landed on the shoulder of the road. According to authorities, Jackson's truck didn't leave any skid marks, probably indicating that he didn't brake before the crash. After the collision, Jackson's truck crossed the center line and hit a tractor trailer.
White was airlifted to the Medical College of Georgia, but died from her injuries. Jackson and White's two passengers suffered only minor injuries.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Atlanta performed Jackson's toxicology tests. According to those results, Jackson had a whopping 0.281 percent BAC.
Jackson has been charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, DUI, failing to obey traffic control devices, and failing to wear a seatbelt. Vehicular homicide is the most serious DUI-related charge you can get in Georgia.
Any person who kills another while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is guilty of vehicular homicide in the state. If convicted, Jackson could get anywhere from 3 to 15 years in prison for that charge alone.
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