Yesterday morning, three Fayetteville workers were struck by a vehicle. The driver, Jo Jackson of Fayetteville, reportedly told police officers that she was unable to see the workers because she was blinded by the sun. This afternoon, one of the workers, 57-year-old Jackie Luper, died from injuries he sustained when he was struck by Ms. Jackson’s car, according to Fox 16.
Ms. Jackson had been cited for driving while intoxicated by drugs, reckless driving, and disobeying a traffic control device. Because a child was in the vehicle with Ms. Jackson, she was also charged with child endangerment.
Now, Fayetteville police officer Sgt. Chip Stout has indicated that the prosecutor must now decide whether to charge Ms. Jackson in Mr. Luper’s death.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “[d]rugged driving is a public health concern because it puts not only the driver at risk but also passengers and others who share the road.” Drugs alter the driver’s perception, balance, coordination, reaction time, and other critical skills necessary to safely operate a vehicle.
We at the Brad Hendricks Law Firm send our thoughts and sincerest condolences to Mr. Luper’s family during this difficult time.