A 38-year-old felon who was allegedly speeding and driving drunk when he lost control of his car is now facing his third strike after prosecutors charged him with vehicular homicide. His girlfriend, a mother of two, was killed in the Nov. 11 crash in Bellevue.
A 13-year-old Bellevue boy ran out of his apartment and found his mother’s body after her boyfriend allegedly crashed his black Lexus into a utility box and then fled, according to King County prosecutors.
Robert Terrance Jackson, a 38-year-old felon who is potentially facing his third strike, was charged Tuesday with vehicular homicide and felony hit-and-run in connection with the Nov. 11 crash that killed Lindsay Hill, charging papers say.
Hill, a 35-year-old mother of two, suffered a catastrophic head injury in the crash and was thrown from the car outside her apartment complex in the Newport Hills area just after 11:30 p.m., according to the charges.
Eight hours later, Jackson, his face bloodied and his eyes bloodshot, was found by a Bellevue police lieutenant at the same complex, near Southeast 60th Street and 119th Avenue Southeast, say the charges. Smelling of alcohol, Jackson fought with the lieutenant, and another officer used a Taser on him before he was taken into custody, charging papers say.
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He was treated at Overlake Medical Center before being booked into King County Jail, where he is being held in lieu of $2 million bail, according to court and jail records.
A witness later told police that Jackson and Hill showed up at Hill’s church earlier that evening to pick up her two sons, the 13-year-old and a 7-year-old, charging papers say. Both appeared to have been drinking, they say.
Jackson and Hill apparently dropped the boys off at the apartment, since charging papers say the couple left the older boy to look after his younger brother. Hill spoke with her older son by phone twice that night, but she was not home by 11 p.m. and wasn’t answering her phone.
According to an account of the crash outlined in charging papers:
Around 11:15 p.m., a witness called 911 to report that a man was hitting a woman inside a black Lexus in downtown Seattle.
“Several items were tossed from the vehicle as the woman was hanging out the front passenger window,” say the charges. The witness picked up the items, which turned out to be documents and identification belonging to both Jackson and Hill.
About a half-hour later, Jackson was driving 60 to 69 mph on a residential street outside their apartment complex, which has a posted speed limit of 25 mph. Jackson lost control of the car in the 12000 block of Southeast 60th Street and slid off the south side of the road, striking asteel electrical utility box.
Hill suffered massive head injuries and was killed.
Jackson, whose face was cut in the crash, fled and returned to the couple’s apartment, where the 13-year-old asked about his mother.
Jackson told the boy “he didn’t know where his mother was and he was going to look for her,” according to the charges. The boy, who had earlier heard a loud boom, ran outside and found the crashed car and his mother’s body.
After his arrest the next day, Jackson’s blood was drawn and the results of toxicology tests are pending. He was driving with a suspended license at the time of the crash, charging papers said.
Jackson, who has a lengthy criminal history and convictions for traffic-related offenses, was released from prison in August after serving time on a 2010 second-degree robbery charge, the charges say; the robbery and a conviction for second-degree assault in 1997 are his first and second strikes.