The young male driver who caused a fatal Maryland car accident in summer 2011 was recently sentenced to 57 months in prison for his actions.
Jade Clayton Jackson, age 25 on the date of the accident, was traveling along Baltimore-Washington Parkway the night of July 7, 2011. He had three passengers in the vehicle with him.
As he sped along the road, Jackson lost control of his vehicle and smashed into a guard rail just as he passed the exit to Route 197. He then ran his vehicle completely off the road and hit some nearby trees. A nearby motorist had noticed Jackson driving erratically and called 911 just minutes before the accident occurred.
The passenger sitting directly behind Jackson died in the crash, and the other two passengers were seriously injured, according to a report from the office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland.
Upon investigation of the accident, Maryland police discovered that Jackson was driving with a revoked license. A toxicology report also showed that he had traces of an anesthetic drug known as PCP (phencyclidine) in his system at the time of the accident.
Jackson pleaded guilty in April to the charges against him, which included involuntary manslaughter. The Burtonsville resident was sentenced to 57 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. He was not sentenced the full eight years which the law allowed for the manslaughter charges.
The U.S. Park Police assisted with the investigation. U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus was the sentencing judge.