After being killed by a drunk driver, a California community mourns the loss of a deputy sheriff and his daughter.
“Today was a sad time for the Sheriff’s Office. “Overnight, we lost Corporal Daniel Jacks as well as his daughter Hannah in traffic accidents caused by drunk drivers,” Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco wrote on Monday.
Fox 11 reported that Daniel Jacks Jr. was driving his daughter Hannah Jacks home from Disneyland after Hannah had been a performer at the park.
The car collided head-on with an SUV, which had crossed the lane divider.
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Fox 11 reported that Scott Bales, 47, the alleged drunk driver, and a passenger, 45, were both taken to a local hospital for injuries.
According to authorities, Bales was driving while under the influence of alcohol at time of crash. He was charged with homicide and DUI, in addition to causing injury or death to a passenger.
Fox 11 reports that Jacks, 45 years old, was a correctional deputy in the sheriff’s department. He had been with them since 2008.
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Hannah, his 19-year old daughter, is remembered as an “incredible dancer” who taught classes at Hemet’s dance studio.
One of her students said that she was kind and generous to them. Fox 11 interviewed one of her former students. According to Fox 11, a memorial was being placed outside the studio’s dance studio.
KABC was told by a California Highway Patrol officer that there is no reason to drive drunk in this era.
Officer Jason Montez stated that there are many rideshare, public transport and taxi options.
“There is absolutely no reason. It is completely preventable.”
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Riverside Sheriff’s Office was not spared the tragedy of the Jacks’ death. Sheriff Bianco posted on Facebook that retired Lt. Bob Duckett succumbed to an apparent heart attack on Monday.
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Bianco spoke of Jacks, Duckett, saying that both men were respected and loved. Their families are in our thoughts and prayers.