Crime

Lancaster mother gets 10 years in DUI crash that killed daughter, 5, maimed son

A Lancaster mother who was driving drunk when her 5-year-old daughter was killed in a 2014 crash that also injured her son was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday after pleading guilty, court officials said.

Goldie Jackson, 27, pleaded guilty to reckless homicide in the death of daughter Justice Pope-Jackson, said Randy Newman, 6th Circuit Solicitor. In the late night incident Aug. 15, 2014, Jackson was driving on SC. 200 east of Great Falls in Lancaster County in the single car wreck that hurt Jackson’s son, 8 years old at the time.

Both children were airlifted to hospitals after the crash. Justice died the next day. The son’s leg had to be amputated, Newman said.

Jackson’s blood alcohol content was .09, Newman said, which is over the legal limit.

Jackson also pleaded guilty Monday to felony DUI resulting in great bodily injury concerning her son, and child endangerment. The 10 years for reckless homicide is the maximum under state law.

Sentences of 10 years for the great bodily injury DUI and seven years for the child endangerment will run concurrent with the 10 years Jackson received for the reckless homicide, said Newman and Jackson’s lawyer, 6th Circuit Chief Public Defender Mike Lifsey.

Jackson was charged after an investigation by the S.C. Highway Patrol.

Andrew Dys: 803-329-4065

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