Calling her behavior “outrageously reckless,” a judge on Friday sentenced a young woman to six years in prison for chasing a motorcyclist on two San Diego County freeways and causing the crash that killed him.
Darla Renee Jackson, 27, of Imperial Beach sobbed in the courtroom as she heard her punishment, stemming from the 2015 death of Zacharias Buob, a 39-year-old Navy chief petty officer.
As Chula Vista Superior Court Judge Francis Devaney ordered the sentence, Jackson lowered her head on the table in front of her, repeating the word, “No.”
Jackson pleaded guilty in January to voluntary manslaughter in connection with the incident, which prosecutors have said was sparked by road rage.
Buob died following a collision that occurred after he and Jackson got into an altercation on May 28, 2015. Both had been driving north on Interstate 5 near E Street in Chula Vista, then onto Highway 54.
Jackson, who was driving a Nissan Altima, pursued Buob at speeds reaching up to 90 mph and crashed into his motorcycle when the traffic slowed in front of them. Buob was thrown to the ground.
She ran over him as she swerved her car to avoid the fallen motorcycle. Buob died later at a hospital.
“Whatever the purpose, she chased. She sped. She followed too closely. and she hunted him down,” Deputy District Atty. Laura Evans said during the sentencing hearing.
“Oh, my God. Oh, my God, no!” Jackson said moments before sheriff’s deputies led her out of the courtroom.
Littlefield writes for the San Diego Union-Tribune.