A California community mourns the death of a sheriff’s deputy and his daughter after they were killed by a suspected drunk driver.
“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,” the county sheriff said Monday. of Riverside, Chad Bianco, on his official Facebook account.
Daniel Jacks Jr. and his daughter, Hannah Jacks, were returning from Disneyland on Sunday night after Hannah performed as a dancer at the amusement park, Fox 11 reported.
Their car then crashed head-on with an SUV that had crossed the lane divider.
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Suspected drunk driver Scott Bales, 47, and a 45-year-old passenger were injured at a local hospital, Fox 11 reported.
Bales was determined to be driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash, authorities said. He was arrested on two counts of homicide, as well as impaired driving and injuring a passenger.
Jacks, 45, had worked as a correctional assistant for the sheriff’s department since 2008, according to Fox 11.
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Her 19-year-old daughter, Hannah, is remembered as an “incredible” dancer who taught at a dance studio in Hemet.
“She was very sweet and kind to us,” one of her students told Fox 11. A memorial was being put up in front of the dance studio this week, according to the outlet.
A California Highway Patrol officer told KABC “there is no reason to drive drunk” at this time.
“We have so many different ride-sharing services, public transportation, and taxis,” Officer Jason Montez said.
“There’s absolutely no reason. It’s completely preventable.”
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The Jacks’ deaths weren’t the only tragedy to hit the Riverside Sheriff’s Office this week. Retired Lt. Bob Duckett died Monday of an apparent heart attack, Sheriff Bianco posted on Facebook.
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“Both men were loved and respected and represented all that was good about RSO,” Bianco said of Jacks and Duckett. “Our hearts and prayers go out to their families.”