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Driver On The Baltimore Washington Parkway Sentenced in Crash Resulting in Death of a Passenger

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 1, 2012

Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus sentenced Jade Clayton Jackson, age 26, of Burtonsville, Maryland, today to 57 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for involuntary manslaughter and for driving a vehicle on a federal park highway with a revoked license.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Chief Teresa Chambers of the U.S. Park Police.

According to his plea agreement, Jackson was driving on the Baltimore Washington Parkway on July 7, 2011 with three passengers. Another motorist called 911 after observing Jackson swerve and drive out of control. After passing the exit ramp to Route 197 and while on the phone with 911, the motorist saw Jackson’s car accelerate, hit a guard rail, swerve across the road and crash into trees. The rear driver’s side passenger in the car was killed and the other two passengers were seriously injured.

A toxicology report revealed that Jackson’s blood contained phencyclidine, known as PCP, rendering Jackson incapable of driving safely.

At the time of the accident, Jackson’s Maryland license was revoked.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the U.S. Park Police for its work in the investigation and thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Hollis Raphael Weisman and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Ann O’Brien, assigned from the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, who prosecuted the case.


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