Sunday, February 24, 2008

South Side Crash Leaves Man Dead

Apparently this man worked at Harlan Community Academy high school as a security guard. CBS 2 has the story...
A Chicago family is pleading for a hit-and-run driver to come forward Saturday night. Police say Bobby Jackson died after he was hit by a car and dragged several feet. CBS 2's Mike Puccinelli reports.

"It's hard to tell my mother that my brother was gone," said Matthew Jackson.

But it was Matthew Jackson who was first notified by authorities that his brother was dead. So it was up to him to give his sister and Bobby Jackson's four kids the bad news. As hard as it was to tell them, it was harder still to tell his mother that her oldest son was dead.

"Telling her was hard," Matthew Jackson said.

That's because the facts are almost too horrible for words. Bobby Jackson was killed at about 3 a.m. Saturday by a driver at Damen Avenue and Garfield Boulevard who didn't care enough to stop and instead dragged Jackson some 20 feet before speeding from the scene. So Saturday evening, Jackson's family appealed to the drivers conscience.

"I know whoever did it, they couldn't have hit him and think it was nothing," Matthew Jackson said. "Turn yourself in. Turn yourself in. "

At the south side school where Jackson worked as a security guard and coach, there was an emptiness in the hall that mirrored the emptiness Jackson's colleagues were feeling upon learning of their co-worker's sudden death.

"Pretty devastating," said Ted Tines, dean of Harlan High School. can't replace a man like that.

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