California sheriff’s deputy and daughter mowed down by repeat DUI offender on drive home from Disneyland
SAN JACINTO, CALIFORNIA: A sheriff's deputy, who worked in the Indio jail, and his daughter died on Sunday, November 13, after the car they were traveling in was hit by a suspected drunk driver, northwest of San Jacinto, authorities say. The victims in the crash were identified as the deputy, 45-year-old Daniel Jacks Jr, and his daughter, 19-year-old Hannah Jacks. Both lived in San Jacinto. According to California Highway Patrol, the driver, Scott Bales, has been arrested for two counts of homicide among other offenses.
According to FoxLA, the father and daughter were returning from Disneyland, where Hannah had performed as a dancer. A vehicle moving in the opposite direction crossed the double yellow line and struck them head-on. The collision happened around 9.17 pm on Gilman Springs Road, east of Bridge Street, roughly five miles from the San Jacinto city limits, according to a statement from the California Highway Patrol.
Bales, 47, who lived in Moreno Valley, was traveling west on Gillman Springs Road in a Chevrolet Silverado when he crossed over the divided highway into the eastbound lanes. At that time, the Honda Insight Jacks Jr and his daughter were traveling in was heading eastbound and the Chevrolet crashed head-on into the Honda. The sheriff and his daughter, who was sitting in the front passenger seat were both declared dead at the scene. Bales sustained minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital.
According to the investigators, Bales was found to have been intoxicated at the time of the collision, as per Fox News. Bales was taken into custody and detained in Riverside's jail on suspicion of homicide and DUI causing bodily injury. According to county court records, he has not been charged.
The California Community is mourning the loss of the two souls. A GoFundMe has been created for them. "Today was a sad day for the Sheriff’s Office. Overnight we lost Corporal Daniel Jacks and his daughter Hannah in a traffic accident caused by a drunk driver," Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco posted on his official Facebook account on Monday. "Our hearts and prayers go out to their families."