Driver in fatal house crash held on $250,000 bond

Published On: Sep 15 2012 09:34:06 AM EDT   Updated On: Sep 15 2012 09:52:44 PM EDT

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The man who police say failed to stop his minivan at a stop sign and crashed into the bedroom of 17-year-old JaNay Jackson 17 days ago was ordered Saturday to surrender his passport and be held in the Duval County jail on $250,000 bond.

Ismet Sijamhodzic, 51, was arrested Friday night on a charge of vehicular homicide after a toxicology report showed Sijamhodzic had Xanax and marijuana in his system at the time of the crash.

During a brief first appearance Saturday morning, Sijamhodzic was told the charges against him and a next court appearance was scheduled for Oct. 8.

"The waiting was terrible," JaNay's mother, Felicia Jackson, said Friday night. "There was nothing we could do; just sit there and pray.”

Last weekend hundreds of people gathered for a funeral service at Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home to remember Jackson.

The Wolfson High School drum major was ranked third in her senior class. Family and friends say she dreamed of becoming a nurse practitioner.

According to the police report, the Sijamhodzic told investigators he hadn't slept in three days prior to the Aug. 28 accident.

He has a lengthy list of traffic violations and speeding tickets dating back to 1996, according to court records. Sijamhodzic was arrested in 2009 and was charged with providing alcohol to a minor.

Sijamhodzic was expected to make a first appearance in court on the vehicular homicide charge Saturday morning.

"We're ready to see him get what he deserves , want want to get to trial and get it over with," Felicia Jackson said.


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