The man charged in the Sept. 12 traffic death of a 19-year-old Martinez woman was sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty in the case Thursday in Columbia County Superior Court.
Lucky Wade Jackson, 38, of Evans, pled guilty to first degree vehicular homicide and running a red light. Following the recommendation of prosecutors, Judge Carl Brown sentenced Jackson to 12 years in prison, followed by four years of probation, along with community service, alcohol treatment and restitution.
Jackson, of Buxton Lane in Evans, was intoxicated when his truck hit and killed Jordan Elizabeth White, 19, on Sept. 12. His blood-alcohol concentration was .281, according to tests performed by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Jackson was driving his Ford pickup west on Washington Road shortly before midnight when he ran the red light at Ronald Reagan Drive and slammed into the driver’s side of the 2001 Honda Accord driven by White, who was turning left to head east on Washington Road, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office accident report.
White’s vehicle, with two other passengers, slid onto the lawn in front of Regions Bank on the corner, while Jackson’s pickup traveled across oncoming lane and hit an eastbound tractor-trailer waiting at the red light, according to the report.
White was airlifted to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where she later died. Her two passengers were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.