Family of woman killed by JSO cruiser looking for answers

Police say Laporsha Watson didn't use pedestrian walkway

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Officials are investigating an early morning accident that left a Jacksonville woman dead.

According to Jacksonville Sheriff's officials, Lt. Jimmy Ricks was in a marked patrol vehicle on his way to work shortly before 6 a.m. when he struck Watson in the northbound lanes.

Laporsha Watson, 27, was released from jail a few weeks ago. Her family says she was getting her life back on track when it ended on a stretch of Interstate 95.

Police say for some reason Watson didn't bother to use the pedestrian walkway that goes over I-95, instead she just walked across.

Now Watson's family wants some questions answered.

"Sad, but we don't know exactly every detail and we won't know anything until tomorrow. All we know is she was trying to cross," said Linda Monlyn.

Monlyn is Watson's aunt who drove into town Monday afternoon after hearing of her death. She says despite a rough past Watson was a good person.

"She was straight forward person. She was a loving person. She called me every week. She had been down. Hadn't been too long got out of prison," Monlyn said.

Now investigators have a few questions in front of them. Why Watson chose to bypass the raised crosswalk, and whether Lt. Ricks had any possible way to avoid hitting Watson.

Channel 4 crime analyst Ken Jefferson says the fault will likely rest with Watson because it's illegal to cross an interstate.

But her family says they still have a lot of questions.

"Yes, but we won't know anything until tomorrow, until autopsy. Then we'll know more," Monlyn said.