Darla Renee Jackson was arrested on first-degree murder charges for what is being called a road rage killing. The woman is accused of ramming a motorcycle rider named Zachary Buob and then running him over.
Based upon reports about the road rage killing, the woman allegedly rammed her Nissan sedan into the back of the man’s Ducati motorcycle and then ran over the 39-year-old driver as he lay prone on the State Route 54 freeway. California Highway Patrol Officer Jake Sanchez says the dispute started on a separate northbound highway before both Jackson and Buob took the connecting freeway east.
“They were in some kind of dispute,” officer Sanchez said, according to the Rakyat Post. “I always tell people to not get into disputes like this because you don’t know who the other driver is or what their state of mind is or what they’re capable of doing.”
Traffic on the east-west connector was shut down for two and a half hours while the police investigated the road rage killing. The woman was sent to the county women’s jail on one count of murder. Darla Jackson is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday of next week.
NBC reports that Zachary Buob died at a hospital an hour after the road rage crash. Buob was an active duty Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy’s special operations as a boat operator. A friend named Kathryn Cramer said Buob served in the military for more than 20 years and that he was one of the “good guys.”
“He was so strong but his heart was so sweet,” she said in an email. “He was truly one of the ‘good guys’ and my heart is broken. My prayers are with his Mom and Dad and family. He loved them so much.”
Tim James said Buob had a passion for Ducati motorcycles and trucks, but it was his family that was his true focus.
“Zach was energetic, intelligent and a superb leader. He would light up any room he entered with his friendliness and wittiness…a heart of gold,” said James, according to NBC.
Police investigators are in the process of tracking down witnesses who may have seen the road rage killing, the woman, and the motorcyclist from start to finish. Authorities are asking for witnesses to contact the CHP investigator at (619) 220-5492.
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