On top of dealing with a host of hefty criminal charges, a father of four is mourning the tragic death of his four-year-old son. Franklin Jackson, 46, of League City, Texas, was driving along the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago with his wife and children when he lost control of his vehicle and slammed in a guardrail on Sunday, The Chicago Tribune reports.
Instead of remaining at the scene of the collision, a reportedly intoxicated Jackson fled to a nearby gas station, where he examined the damage on Ford Expedition. Unfortunately, that’s where he noticed a hole in the back window and that his oldest son, Franklin Jackson Jr., was gone. Jackson reportedly returned to the scene of the accident just as police responders arrived on the scene. The child was found unresponsive in a grassy area along the highway.
EMS workers rushed the tot to a nearby hospital, but he couldn’t be saved. The child’s father was also treated for a broken rib at a nearby hospital, which is where he revealed to officers that he had no idea that his son, who was not in a car seat or wearing a seat belt, had been ejected from the vehicle. Empty beer cans and an empty bottle of Vodka were reportedly recovered from the vehicle.
Jackson was held on $250,000 bail and charged with reckless homicide and aggravated DUI.