Man Facing Homicide Charge for Son’s Highway Death
December 26, 2013 by AP
A Texan is being held on $250,000 bond in Chicago after investigators say he didn’t notice his son had been thrown through a car’s back window during a wreck on a busy interstate.
The Dec. 22 crash on the Dan Ryan Expressway killed the four-year-old from League City, who died from head trauma.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that prosecutors say 46-year-old Franklin L. Jackson didn’t notice the boy was missing until he pulled into a gas station to examine the vehicle’s damage.
The preschooler wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. He was found on an embankment.
Three other children — all under 2 — weren’t injured.
Jackson is charged with reckless homicide and aggravated driving under the influence. His attorney called the crash “a terrible tragedy” during a court appearance yesterday.