Man Flees Site Of DUI Crash Without Realizing 4-Year-Old Son Was Fatally Ejected From Vehicle

December 26, 2013  |  

Sources: Cook County Sheriff, Facebook

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.

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  • Ultraworld

    There’s a special place in hell for someone that would do this to his child. What a disgrace.

  • jamaica

    really sad! i actually feel really bad for this man smh…rip to his baby

  • Felicia R Faulkner

    “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”

    He sure didn’t care about them though when he decided to drink beer and vodka with his kids in the car. Love how that sentence makes him sound like a victim.

  • milkydud

    Dam that is so messed up… I don’t care about the hole in the back seat window they probably thought it shattered from the impact and I can see why the dad ran off from the seen but dam the least both parents should have done was see if everybody was ok after the accident.. Unless if she was unconscious too… That’s just messed up… I think something should happen to the mom too..

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  • GymJunkie43

    My heart hurts for Chicago and it’s people. I keep hearing stories of dead children that are the result of bum a** men and their nothing a** women. We used to be a city of hard working, law abiding ethical people and these savages are multiplying like roaches.

    • FaLaLaLaLa

      What??? What history books are you reading? Chicago has a VERY long and storied history of crime and corruption!

      • GymJunkie43

        Clearly not the books you are reading. Why don’t you read the history of Bronzeville, the history of Chatham. Last time I checked Al Capone, the Daleys and any other Irish or Italian family you are referring to are not black. In case you missed it, the story of the DUI is about a black family, I am referring to the black history of Chicago. SMH

        • Sean

          All you said was Chicago you didn’t say a specific race so you can’t “SMH” at anyone

          • GymJunkie43

            Well, I was expecting people to come to the logical conclusion that I was referring to the black community in Chicago. Based on poorly you have written your sentence, I now understand that everyone may not be capable of drawing logical conclusions. I apologize.

            • Boosker

              Violence is violence. If you’re harkening back to the good ol’ days just because the violence came from a different racial or ethnic group, then you really don’t have anything valuable to add to the conversation.

              • GymJunkie43

                Either I am not speaking english or the voices in your delusional head have you thinking, I said something else. At what point did I praise violence as long as it didn’t come from black people? REPEAT: I miss the days when the south side of chicago was full of hard working, ethical people, not lowgrade criminals and the loser women who love them. Read before you “read”.

  • TheMsmother

    When are people going to learn to make their kids where car seats?! Of course his drunk @$$ didn’t give a s–t..But what’s up with momma?

  • Rashida

    He will live with that guilt for the rest of his life. When/if he gets out he needs to get sober.

    • xxdiscoxxheaven

      He deserves to spend his life in life in jail. His wife as well.

  • Trisha_B

    Can the wife be charged too?! She had to be drunk too, to allow this man to drive while drunk w/ their kids smfh

  • CR

    . He chose to drink and drive, his wife chose not to stop him, and they both chose not have this child in a car seat or a seatbelt. This child had no choices! Very sad for the children not the irresponsible parents!

  • Tonya Young

    What was the wife doing while he was drinking while driving.. Not only was he endangering his life, but his wife & son.. People just don’t think when they decide to drink & get behind the wheel!

    • Anita Cates Hodges

      I wonder if she was under the influence also…or just too dang lazy to drive! Sad story no matter what the reasons….

  • Tia

    Wow this sounds like a nightmare. My sympathies go out to the family.

  • hollyw

    I am so confused by this story. “Hole in the back window”, does that mean his window busted out?? And how did you get all the way to a gas station without once looking behind your back to check on your children, alcohol or not?? Just bewildering…

    • TheMsmother

      I’m with you, but all he was thinking about was getting away before the police came. If they caught him, the car would have been towed, he would have been arrested, and the kids would have been with CPS and that’s what was going through his mind. I’m wondering about the hole as well.

      • xxdiscoxxheaven

        What kind of father drives his babies intoxicated?? And what kind of mom goes with it?

        • Yadda

          My point exactly. Then the kid had no car seat

      • hollyw

        I’m sorry, but I think in order for these two to be THIS oblivious about both their kids (not strapping them in/not looking back ONCE), they must’ve had more than alcohol in their system. This really sounds some PCP-type bizarre behavior!

  • Meandmybish

    I can’t deal with another sad child story today geez

  • Nycole

    I could say say a lot right now, but God said just say a prayer.

    • Shadi

      Thank you Nycole

    • Yadda

      I hear you and that is my normal response but this is not normal for if the mom was in the vehicle she should go to jail too. Careless set. What recklessness

  • Starcru

    The father of the year award definitely won’t be going to this man.

  • Rosemary Davis

    I feel bad for this family probably traveling some where for the Holidays and something tragic like this happens.Since it was a solo accident and he didn’t hurt anyone else other than the damaging a guard rail he should have remain on the scene but due to him possiblely being intoxicated he decides to run and without his son being on board and not being fasten in a seat belt and it want be look at as an accident because he was intoxicated and cause the death of his own son which he has too live with for the rest of his life which adds to his pain and greif

    • Felicia R Faulkner

      possibly being intoxicated…… really?

      • Rosemary Davis

        Yes that’s what I said possibly intoxicated the article didn’t say he was intoxicated it said he was reportedly intoxicated meaning they weren’t for sure or didn’t have all the facts themeselves at the time this story was printed so I suggest you re-read this story before you try to question me about my comments

        • blake

          it says reportedly not possibly and being that he was charged with aggravated dui im sure he was definitely intoxicated

    • Grace

      Have you ever heard of punctuation/grammar?

      • Anita Cates Hodges

        You typed exactly what I was thinking! It’s exhausting trying to read something without any periods, commas, or anything else included. Thanks! Lol