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Family Wants Answers 3 Months After Deadly Hit-and-Run Crash

San Carlos family hopes new hit-and-run suspect alert system will be approved for California



    (Published Thursday, July 24, 2014)

    Celeste Jackson wipes away tears as she talks about her late husband Jack.

    "There's times when I want to share something with him,” she says. “It’s kind of lonely without him."

    It’s been nearly three months to the day that Jack Jackson was found dead in front of his San Carlos home.

    San Diego police say the driver who struck and killed the 52-year-old husband and father has not yet been found.

    That driver might be behind bars today had a system called the" Medina Alert" been in place.

    The system launched earlier this year in Colorado, is named after a Denver man who was killed by a hit-and-run driver in 2011 – just days before his wedding.

    It works like the state's current Amber Alert system. Medina Alert posts suspect car descriptions on freeway electronic billboards.

    The system also sends the alerts directly to app subscribers so smartphone users could help police look for the suspect.

    “That’s the big thing for them to get the information right away so they can solve it,” Jackson said. “We had no clues.”

    Some California lawmakers are working to bring the system or one similar to it to California.

    AB 47, authored by Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles, would create an alert system for hit-and-run crashes that involve another person.

    Jackson's family hope lawmakers work quickly so no one has to suffer through the unknown like they have this year.

    “There's not closure. We don’t know how it happened," said Jackson through tears.