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Man charged with vehicular homicide in fatal Evans crash

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Flowers and balloons mark the intersection of Washington Road and Ronald Reagan Drive where Jordan Elizabeth White, 19, of Martinez, received fatal injuries in a Sept. 12 crash. The driver of the pickup that hit her vehicle was charged Wednesday with vehicular homicide.
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012 9:04 AM
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The man accused of driving the vehicle that killed a Martinez woman a week ago has been charged with vehicular homicide.

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Lucky Wade Jackson, 43, of Evans, was charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, failing to obey traffic control devices and failing to wear a seat belt, according to a sheriff's office booking report.  SPECIAL
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Lucky Wade Jackson, 43, of Evans, was charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, failing to obey traffic control devices and failing to wear a seat belt, according to a sheriff's office booking report.

Lucky Wade Jackson, 43, of the 300 block of Buxton Lane in Evans, turned himself in to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday morning and was charged in the Sept. 12 crash that killed 19-year-old Jordan Elizabeth White, Capt. Steve Morris said.

Jackson was charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, failing to obey traffic control devices and failing to wear a seat belt, according to a sheriff’s office booking report. He was released after posting $13,400 bond.

Authorities earlier had said charges against Jackson were pending the return of blood-alcohol test results from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab.

“The investigating deputy would have waited for (the test results) if no other evidence was present,” Morris said. “In this case, probable cause existed for his arrest. Part of the investigation involved reviewing intersection cameras, which took some time.”

Crash investigators also interviewed White’s passengers, witnesses of the crash, emergency medical personnel and others.

“It took some time, but after reviewing all the evidence with the exception of (the test results), probable cause existed,” Morris said.

Jackson was driving his 1999 Ford pickup west on Washington Road shortly before midnight Sept. 12 when he ran the red light at Ronald Reagan Drive and slammed into the driver’s side of the 2001 Honda Accord driven by White, who was turning left to head east on Washington Road, according to a sheriff’s office accident report.

White’s vehicle, with two, slid onto the lawn in front of Regions Bank on the corner, while Jackson’s pickup traveled across oncoming lanes and hit an eastbound tractor-trailer waiting at the red light, according to the report.

White was airlifted to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where she later died, while the two passengers in her car were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

White’s funeral was Tuesday, as were services for MaKenna Arildsen, 12, of Evans, who was killed Friday when she stepped in front of a vehicle on Washington Road less than half a mile from the crash that killed White. No charges were filed in that case.

The deaths brought to three the number of traffic fatalities last week in Columbia County. Alejandro Reyes-Romero, 35, of Evans, was killed Sept. 10 when he was thrown from a pickup driven by Alfonzo Nelle-Lopez, 28, of Evans, that crashed on Columbia Road.

Nelle-Lopez was charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, driving under the influence less safe, having an open container, failure to maintain lane and driving without a license. He is being held at the Columbia County Detention Center on bonds totaling $14,500, according to jail records.

Nelle-Lopez was charged immediately after his crash because of the open containers of alcohol in his vehicle enabling a charge of DUI-less safe, Morris said, adding that the charge could be upgraded to DUI after Nelle-Lopez’s blood-alcohol test results are returned, Morris said.

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Farmboy
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Farmboy 09/19/12 - 10:21 am
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Lucky Wade Jackson, 43

Not so lucky i'm afraid.

MarinerMan
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MarinerMan 09/19/12 - 12:21 pm
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My thoughts exactly, FB. As
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My thoughts exactly, FB. As in the previous story, we need to change the law, such that, blood alcohol tests can be completed by a certified Lab, like all area hospitals. Six weeks for a less than an hour test is unreal. Heck, given the current state of the automated Lab Systems, probably fifteen minutes. But also, we need to enlarge the current GBI Crime Lab as well.

soldout
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soldout 09/19/12 - 12:34 pm
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devil's lie

Some believed that voting for a wet county was a good thing. We sowed with our vote and now we reap. For every dollar a government receives in revenue from alcohol the cost to society is eight dollars according to one study. Of course there is no price for a life lost. Drinking is a social crutch used by many. If we don't know how to enjoy life without alcohol we just don't know how to enjoy life.

KellyRay
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KellyRay 09/19/12 - 01:25 pm
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wow

Buying alcohol on Sunday is not the issue, these accidents didn't even occur on Sunday --also before you could buy alcohol on Sunday the people who drink on Sunday would just go stock up on Saturday. The real issue here is Driving while intoxicated, not when you bought the alcohol ...It's weather or not you are responsible after your purchase... He could have been leaving a restaurant not a liquor store... People if you want to have a good time and get drunk then just be responsible and put some money back for a cab or arrange a sober driver - don't risk killing someones Son or Daughter bet he would do it different if he had it to do all over --but guess what he doesn't it's too late a young woman leaving the LIBRARY - a good kid - Killed and it all could have been avoided! as far as the 12 year old that was hit by a car why on earth was she crossing a major roadway by herself ?

Farmboy
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Farmboy 09/19/12 - 02:09 pm
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Alcohol is not the problem.

The people that are using the alcohol in an irresponsible way; that's the issue. Alcohol can't do anything but sit on a shelf until somebody does something with it.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 09/19/12 - 02:29 pm
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Wait a minute now.

This man is charged with vehicular homicide (Including DUI) and his bond is only $13,400? This means he only had to post $1,340! Something is very, very wrong here. He must know someone. In a case like this his bond should be well over $100,000. It just goes to show that justice favors the well connected. This is appaling!!!

kimber61
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kimber61 09/19/12 - 02:33 pm
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I agree with you, farmboy

That poor child's life is over, while this man's life is completely ruined. Alcohol has destroyed so many people's lives. I've nothing against drinking in general, but DON'T get behind the wheel of a car/truck after you've been drinking. And as for Columbia County being a "wet" county, you just need to be responsible. Obviously, this man was not.

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Barry Paschal 09/19/12 - 02:39 pm
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Bond is a standard amount

Shrimp for Breakfast: You should know that the bond is a mandated amount based on the charges. It has nothing to do with being "connected." The bond would be higher only if the charges required a judge to set bond. Personally, I think it would be a good idea for vehicular homicide charges to require a hearing with a judge before bond could be granted. That's the case with someone arrested for being a habitual violator; certainly it should be the case with someone accused of causing a death.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 09/19/12 - 03:32 pm
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Losing a child is the most

Losing a child is the most painful of all losses.

my.voice
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my.voice 09/19/12 - 03:36 pm
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I hope that drink was worth

I hope that drink was worth it. Killing someone under 21 years of age should be classified as aggravated murder. Not trying to put a value on a life, but killed at 19? Hardly seems fair...............PLEASE don't plead this down a single notch.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/19/12 - 04:50 pm
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Random road checks for license, insurance, alcohol, etc
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A first step, and the tools are already paid for, to help prevent this again is for CCSO to setup an aggressive "random road check" for license, insurance and alcohol etc. We would welcome the checks. Law abiding citizens have nothing to fear and the investment in time could be priceless. Not to mention the $1000 in fines collected from the lawless.

Proactive is the key, not reactive.

Sure, alcohol in and of its self is not to blame. Drunkenness is to blame. Stoned out of your gourd is to blame. You don't get drunk on the first drink. Asking drunks to drink responsibly is totally insane. But as with dementia, you don't know you are demented.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/19/12 - 04:58 pm
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Was it worth it Mr. Jackson?
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Was the so called drug induced, and alcohol is a powerful drug, high worth the price? It is apparent the social drinkers and their cousins the drunks and winos are coming to the defense. Their is no defense. Their is no "making things right". There is no "moving forward" for Ms. White. God, are people so dependent on drugs to live? Are their lives so wretched that they must pickle their brain? Enough is enough. If we can ban smoking, we can get drunks of the road, the first time, every time. Freedom of any sort comes with responsibility. Drunks don't know they are drunk. Laws must tell them they have vacated their rights to drive. To drive a loaded weapon of mass destruction.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/19/12 - 05:06 pm
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The public has a right to know
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the wheels of justice don't have flat spots. The concerned citizens who have approached CCSO personally, the radio, newspaper and TV all asking WHY? This has brought us nearer to the truth. The truth may bring justice. But not always. And the responsible adults know WHY.

blakie
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blakie 09/19/12 - 06:33 pm
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Wrong,Wrong,Wrong

First of all....I am 50 years old and I know that I cannot drink without someone else to drive. This is a resonsibility for every individual. Yes...take a cab or have a friend drive. Anyone that sits at a bar after work or in the evening or drinking with friends is responsible for their own actions. If you drink and drive perhaps you should consider what your life will be in a cell wearing an orange jumpsuit. There shouldn't be "if I only knew" or Hindsight is 20/20. YOU ALREADY KNOW. You have already made that very bad decision. You might kill someone tonight. The pain this has caused for the White family is beyond words. There are no words. Nothing can make this better. This family will be mourning their precious Jordan until they take their last breath. I URGE anyone out there...if you drink...go ahead and get ready for your 10x10 cell...where you will never hold your children again. Never hug them or ever attend any of their lifes important moments. IF YOU DRINK AND DRIVE...YOU DESERVE YOUR ORANGE JUMPSUIT and don't expect any mercy. I hope this bastard rots.

blakie
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blakie 09/19/12 - 06:37 pm
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Bail

Oh...and I forgot to mention....What the HE double hockey sticks is this murderer doing out of JAIL? Low bail........Come on Columbia County....We hold inmates IMMEDIATELY and longer for smoking dope.
WHY ISN'T HE BEHIND BARS????? You know he DID IT.

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Barry Paschal 09/19/12 - 08:36 pm
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Bond requirements

Blakie: I assume you missed my earlier post. Bonds are state-mandated based on the charge. Local authorities have zero leeway with charges that do not require bond to be set by a judge, such as these.

blakie
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blakie 09/19/12 - 08:55 pm
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Don't try to sugarcoat it

Barry: I don't want to hear it. Stop trying to make excuses. Look at the Columbia County arrests just today......Minor crimes and already behind bars. You know he should be behind them too.

allhans
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allhans 09/19/12 - 10:56 pm
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There are local laws and then

There are local laws and then there are state laws. In this case it was a state charge.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 09/19/12 - 11:44 pm
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Yes, my vioice if you kill a
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Yes, my vioice if you kill a 19 year old..the death penalty should be imposed. If it'slike a 74 year-old...community service should do,...mitigating circumstances for sure!!

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Barry Paschal 09/20/12 - 07:31 am
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No excuses, Blakie

Blakie: I'm not "making excuses" for anyone. State law sets the amount of bond for specific charges. The bonds for the charges filed against Lucky Jackson add up to $13,400. I'm perfectly OK with advocating a change in state law to raise the amount of bond for vehicular homicide charges, but until that happens the cops have to follow the law like everyone else.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 09/20/12 - 08:36 am
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Barry

Thanks for the info. I had no idea. It's just that I remember years ago a guy in Charleston ran over a girl while she was jogging. He was drunk and his bond was set at $125,000. With all the outcry about drinking and driving you'd think the state lawmakers would make the bonds higher.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/20/12 - 08:58 am
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Bond

South Carolina's bond requirements must be different from Georgia's.

cindy60
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cindy60 09/20/12 - 09:03 am
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I think MADD had alot to do

I think MADD had alot to do with the higher charge in S.C.. It will take us to make the change.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 09/20/12 - 09:10 am
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Cindy

Agreed!

straight shooter
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straight shooter 09/20/12 - 10:43 am
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laws

The sad truth is that vehicular homicide is not considered by our judical system to be anywhere near a murder charge it ranks right up there with involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct resulting in injury, unfortunately he probably wont get any jail time and if he does it wont be more then 5 years in confinement watch and see

r
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r 09/20/12 - 10:39 pm
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It's a crime...but the lost life is the issue

Why was he not taking to jail like any other DUI? How was it arranged so he could turn himself in? If I got stopped on a traffic stop tonight I am going to jail if I am DUI how did this happen this way? But most of all I am very sorry for the young ladies family. I can not imagine how they feel about this man as a parent it would be so very hard to handle as we teach our kids about drinking and driving to have a drunk driver kill one of my children.

PaigeMadden
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PaigeMadden 03/08/13 - 01:28 pm
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Sad

Pretty sad how inconsiderate people are, everyone is more worried about her blood alcohol level than the fact that her life was taken. I'm pretty sure most of you would have rather seen your loved one behind bars than in a casket. I know I would have. 12 years for him is not enough for Jordan's life. People get life for rape, no I'm not saying rape is okay but it ain't much better than killing someone when he knew he was to drunk to drive and not one person can sit there and say they don't know if they can drive or not. You drink you drive you kill people you go to jail. Pretty sad that no one cares about her life being taken only the fact that she was drinking too so it makes it fair. Not.

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