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Man gets 12 years in fatal Evans crash

Thursday, March 7, 2013 11:19 AM
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The man charged in the Sept. 12 traffic death of 19-year-old Jordan Elizabeth White was sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday in Columbia County Superior Court.

Lucky Wade Jackson, 43, is taken into custody after being sentenced to 12 years in prison and four years' probation for involuntary manslaughter in the death of Jordan White. Jackson, who tested over the legal limit for alcohol, ran the red light on Washington Road at Ronald Reagan Drive and hit White's vehicle as she was making a turn onto Washington Road.  JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
Lucky Wade Jackson, 43, is taken into custody after being sentenced to 12 years in prison and four years' probation for involuntary manslaughter in the death of Jordan White. Jackson, who tested over the legal limit for alcohol, ran the red light on Washington Road at Ronald Reagan Drive and hit White's vehicle as she was making a turn onto Washington Road.

Lucky Wade Jackson, 43, of Evans, was charged with first-degree vehicular homicide and running a red light. Following the recommendation of prosecutors, Superior Court Judge Carl C. Brown Jr. sentenced Jackson to 12 years in prison, followed by four years of probation, along with alcohol treatment and restitution. Brown also ordered Jackson to serve 500 hours of community service speaking publicly about the consequences of substance abuse and intoxicated driving.

Jackson hung his head as White’s family and friends described her and their loss.

“There’s not enough words I can come up with that tell you how sorry I am,” Jackson said to White’s family. “If there is anything I could do to change it or to take Jordan’s place, I would.”

Jackson, of Buxton Lane in Evans, was intoxicated when his truck hit and killed White, of Martinez, on Sept. 12. His blood-alcohol level was 0.281, according to tests performed by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, nearly four times higher than Georgia’s legal limit of .08.

“Today, there are no winners, just huge loss,” White’s mother, Jackie, said adding that her daughter was a “beautiful soul” with a passion for helping others.

Jackson was driving his Ford F-250 pickup west on Washington Road shortly before midnight 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 Columbia County Sheriff’s Office accident report.

White’s vehicle, with two other passengers, 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 Georgia Regents Medical Center, where she later died. Her two passengers were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

“I just hope that everyone here can keep the positive in mind,” White’s father, Joe, said. “Do something kind for someone else in her honor.”

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my.voice
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my.voice 03/07/13 - 12:43 pm
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I hope you serve every second

I hope you serve every second of your sentence, sir.

rational thought trumps emotion
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rational thought trumps emotion 03/07/13 - 01:07 pm
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Enough Already - Don't Drive Drunk

12 years won't bring back someone’s child. Why people drink then drive or why their friends allow others to drink and drive or ride with those who do is beyond me. Even with all of the publicity about Operation Thunder which is doing a great job the news reported they still had to arrest 45 drunk drivers this past weekend.

Wake up people, make the right decisions in life – this greatly impacts many lives in a negative way and is a preventable tragedy.

Chigger Hill Man
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Chigger Hill Man 03/07/13 - 01:17 pm
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I wonder

If Lucky Wade Jackson has thought about changing his name. It seems his luck has run out. Enjoy your stay with the State, Lucky.

harlemgirl
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harlemgirl 03/07/13 - 02:12 pm
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equality in sentencing

12 years? And Scott Dean got 20? Wow

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 03/07/13 - 03:36 pm
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I was a jerk
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and drove while intoxicated on many occassions. Luckily, I never physically hurt anyone, was caught 3 times and served 4 months in prision for my crimes. I no longer smoke or drink as a result of my stupid acts. I did not become an adult until this happened. I was 41.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 03/07/13 - 04:15 pm
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.281 in a Ford F-250? I

.281 in a Ford F-250? I would like everyone to take a moment and reflect on that. Any reasonable person would admit that he was BOUND to kill someone. I think this could rise to the level of premeditation.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 03/07/13 - 04:19 pm
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Twenty years is the sentence for the same offence...
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for some of CC citizens. He is lucky or connected or both? He loaded a gun and he fired that same gun. Different ammunition in a large WMD. Glorification of alcohol. When is there enough human sacrifice. Will there be a wrongful death civil suit? And why not? Use the money to set a scholarship for a deserving young person.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 03/07/13 - 04:22 pm
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Why did we never see the crash photos?
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We see other wrecks? The victim's car could be due to sympathy for the family. But the vehicle at fault. No excuse but to bias the eventual verdict.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 03/07/13 - 04:25 pm
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He is no longer a Buxton Ln resident.
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He removed to other family habitat months ago and the house has been for sale for a long time. And the Georgia Power truck was gone before the house was empty.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/07/13 - 05:23 pm
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Yes GAD, as a general rule of

Yes GAD, as a general rule of thumb; .281 is approaching alcohol poisoning, and certainly at a level that would put most of us in a drunken stupor, unable to walk, much less drive.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 03/07/13 - 08:21 pm
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iad

I can't believe that a TSD gave you a downer on that one.

Gothamist
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Gothamist 03/07/13 - 10:34 pm
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Hey Mr. Lucky deserves what

Hey Mr. Lucky deserves what he got maybe more, not at all condoning what he did, but it is very curious how this story today left OUT a very important FACT, Please people (Barry) help me understand the sound of all the crickets. No one has brought up the fact again that she, the victim was also under the influence with a BAC 0.72- The LAW states Under 21 years of age= ZERO BAC. I wonder why this was left out in the C.C.N.T. & the Chronicle piece today, which failed to mention this again? The News Times reported/printed it on October 23, 2012!

http://newstimes.augusta.com/latest-news/2012-10-23/driver-charged-in-fa...

White also had been drinking and had a .072 blood alcohol concentration, according to Morris. Her toxicology tests are still pending.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 03/07/13 - 11:03 pm
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HELP! ALL OF DIXIEMAN'S POINTS HAVE BEEN SEQUESTERED!

His real first name is "Lucky"? Not today. Shame on him for what he did.

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