Jacksonville house hit by car twice
17-year-old died when vehicle struck house in August
For the second time in less than a year, a Southside family's home is the scene of a car crash, serving as a reminder of what killed a 17-year-old Wolfson High School student.
It was last August when honor student JaNay Jackson died after a minivan crashed into her bedroom while she was asleep.
Police say 51-year-old Ismet Sijamhodzic (pictured, below) ran through a stop sign in front of Jackson's home on Kennerly Road. Investigators said he had drugs in his system at the time of the crash and charged him with vehicular homicide.
Another car crashed at the Jackson's home Saturday evening, smashing into their fence and onto their property near the garage.
No one was hurt in Saturday's crash.
Since moving into the Southside neighborhood in the 1980s, the Jackson family said they've asked for reflectors, a traffic light or anything that could help better control the traffic at the intersection near their home.
Officials said they did look into adding a light about seven years ago, but it didn't meet the criteria.
"I was expecting that the fence would've been hit straight on and maybe it might've been tilted or leaning, something like that," said Gerald Jackson, JaNay's father.
What Jackson found was much worse, someone had crashed their car through his fence and onto his property, several feet from his garage and his wife inside the house.
It was a sight especially hard for this grieving father. Just last August, his daughter JaNay was killed after a van came crashing into her bedroom.
"To have gone through everything I've gone through already, and then for this to happen again," said Jackson.
Police said the crash happened after the driver of the car was heading north on Barnes, and took the left hand turn onto Kennerly at a high rate of speed.
Police aren't yet saying how many people were in the car at the time of the crash, but no injuries have been reported.
Jackson said after JaNay's death, he had noticed a change in the traffic along this stretch of road. He said drivers appeared to be more careful. For him, that makes this all the more disappointing.
"So, then I'm thinking 'Wow, this is nice. People are taking note.' They realize this is an intersection and they need to stop," said Jackson. "So for me to get this news today and to see this accident, and to see that someone has invaded my property uninvited, uninvited, frustrating. Frustrating."
Jackson said the hardest thing is seeing such a crash happen all over again, but he said, no matter what, he and his family will continue to push forward.
"I'm going to do what I've been doing. Relying on my God, Jehovah, taking it one day at a time. That's all I have," said Jackson.
There is currently no word on who was driving the car that crashed into the home on Saturday.
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