Franklin Jackson, of League City, TX, was charged in connection with the death of his 4-year-old son, Franklin Jackson Jr., after the toddler went flying through the rear window when he smashed his Ford Expedition SUV into a guardrail twice on a Chicago highway. Jackson was reportedly too drunk to notice that the child was missing until four exits later.
Franklin Jackson Jr. was ejected from the vehicle on impact and landed on a grass-covered embankment near the 87th Street exit, the Chicago Tribune reports. Franklin Jackson didn’t realize his son was missing until he pulled into a gas station to check on the damage to his SUV. The toddler was rushed to Comer Children’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office determined Franklin Jackson Jr. died from head trauma.
There were also three other children in the vehicle, under the age of three, but Franklin Jackson Jr., was the only one not wearing a seatbelt. Franklin Jackson Sr. was charged with reckless homicide and aggravated driving under the influence. He was being held on $250,000 bond. Police officers who responded to the scene found an empty Vodka bottle, an empty beer can and unopened beer in his vehicle.