Man arrested in hit-and-run into fence
Updated On: Apr 03 2013 08:56:51 PM EDT
A mangled fence and dented car are both part of a hit-and-run that ended in a crash Saturday.
A woman was doing yard work when she saw a car drive by her house much faster than normal.
"My husband said he had to be doing 80-90 mph," she said. "I said, 'He's not going to be able to stop.'"
After hearing screeching and a loud boom, she looked down the street to see the same car in a yard.
Police say 32-year-old Jacorie Pollock was behind the wheel and intoxicated. Investigators say he ran the stop sign and plowed into the fence with children inside the car.
"Babies -- one I don't think was 2, if that," the neighbor said. "A baby, and he's driving like that."
Investigators said Pollock walked away from that accident. Police say this was his second hit-and-run crash in a matter of minutes.
Police said he backed into the side of Gloria Gil's car at an apartment complex at University Boulevard and Barnes Road.
Instead of exchanging information or calling police, Gil said Pollock took off. So she decided to take off after him.
Gil said she followed until Pollock crashed into the home.
It's the home of Felicia and Jerry Jackson, who lost their 17-year-old daughter, JaNay (pictured, left), in August. Poilice say Ismet Sijamhodzic drove his van into her bedroom as she slept.
It was traumatic for Jackson's family, but when someone crashed through their fence again just days ago, the family said it was too much.
"If that fence wasn't up, there were neighbors sitting on their porch. If that fence wasn't up, they would've plowed through and killed them," said Jackson's mother, Felicia.
Jackson was at home during Saturday's crash and said Pollock admitted he ran the stop sign and apologized to her.
Pollock has a long list of traffic citations, dating back to 2000, including five for speeding, one for careless driving, two for running a stop sign, one for failure to yield, one for disregarding a traffic sign, two for having no seat belt, one for no proof of insurance, one for driving with suspended license, one for driving with no registration, and one misdemeanor arrest for marijuana possession.
Jackson has been pushing the city to make the intersection of Barnes Road and Kennerly Road, by her home safer since her daughter was killed. The city is now planning to make changes to the intersection.
The city said they will be adding a traffic light, letting drivers know the stop sign there is coming up. They're also increasing the size of the stop sign in that area and adding rumble strips to the road before the stop sign.
"That is what I was going for, because my mom is here," said a neighbor, Sharee Tortoici. "I get worried about them coming over here into this house when that 17-year-old girl got killed."
Channel 4 asked Jackson if she felt the city's actions are enough. She said no.
"What the city is trying to do now, we need protection," said Jackson. "We don't need him to be just alerted there's a stop sign. The stop sign was always there."
Jackson said her family wants a concrete barrier put up in front of their house, otherwise she said they will not feel protected.
Road bumps to be added leading up to home
After seeing yet another car plow through her yard, Felicia Jackson wondered if anything would be done to keep her family safe at home.
Jacksonville city councilman Don Redman says it's a battle the family shouldn't have to fight alone.
The intersection is in his district, and he says the latest accident is proof that some type of speed deterrent is long overdue.
"It's a shame we have to have accidents, and most of all that someone has to lose their life before we do something," Redman said.
He said he went to the city Public Works department in August when a van crashed into the Jacksons' home, killing their daughter.
"I talked to the Public Works at that time and encouraged them to do something," Redman said. "They weren't willing to do it at that time for whatever reason, I don't know."
Now things have changed.
The city says it is looking into adding what are called rumble strips on the roads leading to the intersection. A spokesperson says the city began discussing options immediately after the second crash.
Redman says the strips have already been effective on Bowden Road, where before workers put them down, people would run into a barricade.
Since the strips have been installed, there hasn't been any issue.
It's not clear when the strips will be installed at the intersection near the Jacksons' home, but Redman says he's glad the first step to make it safer has started.
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