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Driver charged in fatal Columbia County wreck above legal alcohol level

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012 10:10 AM
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The blood-alcohol level of a man charged last month in the wreck that killed a Martinez woman was above legal limits, tests show.

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Lucky Wade Jackson, 43, of Evans, was confirmed to have a .281 blood alcohol concentration at the time of the Sept. 12 wreck that killed Jordan Elizabeth White, 19, of Martinez.  SPECIAL
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Lucky Wade Jackson, 43, of Evans, was confirmed to have a .281 blood alcohol concentration at the time of the Sept. 12 wreck that killed Jordan Elizabeth White, 19, of Martinez.

A blood-alcohol exam by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Atlanta confirmed that Lucky Wade Jackson, 38, was legally drunk Sept. 12 when his truck hit and killed Jordan Elizabeth White, 19, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

His blood-alcohol concentration was 0.281, Morris said. Toxicology tests also confirmed Jackson had no drugs in his system.

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.

White also had been drinking and had a 0.072 blood-alcohol concentration, Morris said. Her toxicology tests are still pending.

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 other occupants, 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.

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PhiloPublius
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PhiloPublius 10/23/12 - 10:24 am
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Only in America

Why does it take a month to find out if he was drunk?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/23/12 - 10:39 am
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Relativity

When you're dealing with the court system, a month is speedy.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 10/23/12 - 10:44 am
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State crime lab backlog. BAC

State crime lab backlog. BAC for criminal prosecution can't be analyzed at your local hospital.

grinder48
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grinder48 10/23/12 - 11:02 am
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Valerie Rowell, please take note. A properly written article would have stated that the maximum blood-alcohol content (BAC) permissible by law in Georgia is .08 percent.

MarinerMan
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MarinerMan 10/23/12 - 12:20 pm
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We Need to Change the Law
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The law needs to be changed, such that, ANY certified Lab can process the blood test -- not just the State Crime Lab. UH or MCG could've processed the sample in half an hour, but they are not "certified" in the eyes of the law.

Cynical old woman
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Cynical old woman 10/23/12 - 12:50 pm
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Why

Put the victim's blood alcohol level. Below the state level of .08 for her to have charged (I believe).

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/23/12 - 12:53 pm
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Not Necessary

To those who complain about how long the lab took; just think about it. Suppose you had results back in a couple of days; what could you do differently? The trial will not start any sooner. The court system moves slowly. Just go with the flow.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/23/12 - 12:55 pm
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Bartender

Does anybody know what (and where) is Lucky Wade Jackson's favorite watering hole?

Pops
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Pops 10/23/12 - 01:23 pm
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I believe

I think in the case of a traffic accident anything .05 to .08 is considered "alcohol related" and charges can be made......

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 10/23/12 - 02:41 pm
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Any alcohol at all can be

Any alcohol at all can be charged as "DUI- less safe" if there are circumstances that lead the officer to believe your "less safe" driving behavior was a result of impairment.

The young lady who lost her life was under age, so she was in violation of laws as well.

These are just terrible circumstances for everyone. I feel for both the victim and the driver who hit her.

Marinerman: In criminal cases the "chain of custody" requirements are very rigid (remember how they tore apart CID procedures in the OJ case?).

1. Rarely would a clinical lab have the sophisticated instrumentation required to produce results at a confidence level to gain a criminal conviction. Their equipment is perfectly fine for making medical assessments of intoxication levels of alcohol and/or drugs, and even for employment screening, but not to send someone to prison.

2. Even if they do have the equipment (MCG used to), the hospital nor staff want the liability exposure or the likelihood of getting subpoenaed for a criminal trial.

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wayne2410 10/23/12 - 05:14 pm
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Dude is in some bad trouble,
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Dude is in some bad trouble, I would hate to be him when he has to stand in front of the judge, he is going to get barbecued. No one to blame but his own self however.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/23/12 - 09:14 pm
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Isanotherday hit the

Isanotherday hit the pertinent points about the case, facts and especially about the necessary sophistication of labs.

r
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r 10/23/12 - 09:30 pm
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this should be interesting depending on his attorney

She was 19 with a level of .072 so if she had been stopped she would have been arrested. So lets hope he has to pay for his crime and not get away with this due two wrongs setting him free.

SPARKSTER83
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SPARKSTER83 10/24/12 - 07:35 am
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SAD FOR ALL INVOLVED GOD
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SAD FOR ALL INVOLVED GOD BLESS BOTH FAMILIES.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 10/24/12 - 08:10 am
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What defense
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will his lawyer use? Will he suggest Ms. White had no business being on the highway at the same time?

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 10/24/12 - 08:24 am
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I'm sorry the young lady died

It floors me that people still drink and drive. I am so angry that people can be so selfish as to get behind the wheel impaired when it's hard enough to drive sober.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 10/24/12 - 08:43 am
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In my opinion he was drunk

In my opinion he was drunk and ran the light which resulted in her death and his arrest. The fact that she had been drinking also would be a different situation and not a factor in the accident. Had he not run the light she would still be alive.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/24/12 - 09:37 am
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Underage

I think I heard on the radio program that the deceased driver was driving home from Chili's at Marshall Square. Now that they know her blood alcohol level, do you think the Columbia County sheriff department should look into who was serving her that night?

kimber61
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kimber61 10/24/12 - 09:42 am
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If he had not run the red light

She would still be alive, or maybe a mile down the road she may have hit and injured/killed someone. They were both drinking. It's a sad situation all the way around.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/24/12 - 06:59 pm
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Under 21 Year Old Alcohol Level

According to Georgia law, with an under 21 year old with a blood alcohol level of .02 or above, it's legally and automatically drunk driving. That needs to be changed. An adult could be .079 and be wished a nice trip. A nineteen year old with a .072 is no more drunk than a 40 year old with a .079.

Laney
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Laney 10/24/12 - 05:28 pm
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Jordan

That was my best friend who was killed by this selfish and inconsiderate man. To focus on her blood alcohol is horrible and tears her friends and family apart. We already lost our world, our heart, so do you think commenting on her blood and her "wrong doing" is going to help anything? I knew Jordan better than all of you, I know she would have never stepped foot inside of a car if she had any doubt at all that she could not drive 100% accurate and safely. She could not bare the thought of hurting anyone; for her to get in a car DRUNK would be heartless, as Lucky Jackson is. She has never driven DRUNK. As adults, everyone should know if you have a beer or two it won't make you run a redlight and kill a person. HE was THREE times over the legal limit, so how about focusing your attention on the real criminal here and lay off our victim.

PaigeMadden
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PaigeMadden 10/24/12 - 05:57 pm
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Ridiculous

Its pretty sad that nobody seems to care that a young life was taken out of the arms of family members and friends. A comment like "She paid for her violation in the ultimate way". Thats absolutely insane. Yea she was drinking, but that doesn't mean she was drunk! People are completely careless nowadays. RIP Jordan you will be missed by so many. We all love you.

r
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r 10/24/12 - 09:25 pm
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Laney

We are also for the loss of your friend or family member. I agree he killed her and I hope her actions don't cause any loop hole for him to get away with murder. If your friend had been stopped for any reason she would have been in jail. Most people would never drive after drinking if they ever knew they would or felt like they could kill someone, But it is a very real part of life and everyone drinking needs to realize it. As sad as it is for you and her family she was breaking the law. Yes if they can find where she was served they should be held accountable. More people need to be held accountable for there drinking and driving but sadly the right judge/attorney hook up gets many people off numerous dui charges with a fine that doesn't hurt most of them. They are not suppose to drive for 6 months to a year but they all do and normal celebrate the day they find out they only got the jail time until they got bonded out. If these people really had to pay for there dui the way the law states not the swapping that goes on with judges and attorneys maybe lives would be saved.

Laney
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Laney 10/24/12 - 10:34 pm
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You are all heartless.

You are all heartless. Imagine when not just me, but our parents see this. Can't you just leave her alone? My god, you don't even know the extent of her injuries like I do. If you did, maybe you would rethink saying all of these cruel things. She is in the ground, and he survived. Leave her alone, you did not know her. And what you all are saying makes me sick. I hope you can all sleep great at night knowing how much pain you are causing us by talking bad about Jordan. You are the type of person that will send us over the edge by not only us suffering through this murder, but watching you trying to trash her beautiful image. You did not know her, and did not deserve to from what I am reading. I cannot believe how cruel people will continue to be.

PaigeMadden
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PaigeMadden 10/24/12 - 10:54 pm
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Heartless pieces of sand.

It's pretty ridiculous that people are constantly going on about her blood alcohol level. For God's sake it wasn't but 0.072, but what's even worse is that fact that obviously NO ONE is realizing that she is in the ground. I knew Jordan personally, and myself along with her other friends and her family know that if she would have got pulled over or would have survived and went to jail Jordan would have learned her lesson, if this was one of your friggin family members that you were having to bury would you be more concerned about her BAL or the fact that she is in the ground. It's sad the world we live in, nothing but heartless careless people that care only about themselves! Also yea she was breaking the law drinking and driving but she didn't kill anybody, did she? No. And I guarantee that if you pull her driving record it was clear cause those of you that didn't get the chance to meet such a wonderful young woman wouldn't know anything about her. So drop the subject of her BAL it doesn't matter!! What matters is that a young life was taken from so many people.

PaigeMadden
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PaigeMadden 10/24/12 - 11:16 pm
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Worse

What's even worse is that myself has to pass Ronald Reagan drive everyday, how do you people think we feel seeing her death site? Not too good, so you people need to shut up with this non sense.

Laney
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Laney 10/25/12 - 02:10 pm
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Also, she would not have been

Also, she would not have been arrested for DUI. You have to be above a 0.08% blood alcohol level in all 50 states to be arrested. The only thing she did wrong was being 19 instead of 21. If she were 21 none of this would have been an issue. If anything she would have only been charged with being under aged. So for everyone so concerned about having her arrested, don't you believe that we would have much rather bailed her out of jail than bury her? Maybe one day a similar situation will occur with you all, and you will feel our pain. And I will be there to comfort any family in this circumstance instead of throwing out accusations about your loved one, because we actually understand this tragedy. My family has connections with the police here, and they are all just as sorry for our loss as we are. From the start they were all eyes on Lucky because he was the one 3 times over the limit. They are trying to help us understand the legal issues. If the police are on our side, shouldn't that say something?

blakie
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blakie 10/25/12 - 08:32 pm
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Turn on Green

I don't want to hear one more word about alcohol level for Jordon. Let me just remind anybody out there...Driving 101...Jordan was turning on a GREEN ARROW. Lucky Jackson was ignoring a RED LIGHT. He slammed into an innocent driver. Jordan was beautiful and talented. She never met a stranger,had a great outgoing and fun personality. She went to school and worked. A very RESPONSIBLE individual. It is obvious that Lucky Jackson is IRRESPONSIBLE. ENOUGH ABOUT THE VICTIM!!!!!!

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