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Thumbs down Road Rager and murderer of San Diego Navy Officer Zach Buob accepts Plea Deal.

Looks like she's accepted a plea deal for Voluntary Manslaughter, as opposed to the 2nd degree murder charge she was arrested on. Means a much lesser sentence, 11 years at the maximum but this article says she's likely facing just 3-6 years.

San Diego Rider and Navy Officer Zach Buob got into an incident with Darla Jackson in 2015 in which she chased down and hit the rider who subsequently died of his injuries.


Woman pleads guilty to manslaughter in 'road rage' incident that killed Navy man - The San Diego Union-Tribune

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Woman pleads guilty to manslaughter in 'road rage' incident that killed Navy man

Darla Renee Jackson

Dana LittlefieldBy Dana Littlefield•Contact Reporter

January 17, 2017, 6:10 PM

A week before her case was scheduled to go to trial, an Imperial Beach woman accused of running down a motorcyclist on a South Bay freeway nearly two years ago pleaded guilty Tuesday to voluntary manslaughter.

Darla Renee Jackson, 27, had been charged with murder stemming from the 2015 death of Zacharias Buob, a 39-year-old Navy chief petty officer.

Buob died as a result of a collision that occurred after he and Jackson got into an altercation sparked by “road rage” on northbound Interstate 5 near E Street before driving onto state Route 54, prosecutors said.

Jackson, who was driving a Nissan Altima, chased after Buob on May 28, 2015, and crashed into his motorcycle, sending the rider tumbling to the ground. She ran over Buob as she swerved her car to avoid the fallen bike, witnesses said.

Buob died at a hospital.

Chula Vista Superior Court Judge Frances Devaney asked the defendant a series of questions before accepting her guilty plea to manslaughter, a lesser charge of murder. He asked whether Jackson was provoked during the incident and whether she acted rashly as a result of that provocation by taking off after the motorcyclist at high speed.

Jackson, speaking in a soft voice, responded: “Yes.”

The judge said that although the manslaughter charge carries a potential maximum sentence of 11 years in prison, he would likely order a term of three or six years at a hearing scheduled for April 14.

Defense lawyer Stephen Cline told the judge he didn’t agree with Jackson’s decision to plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter. Cline has long disputed the prosecution’s version of the case and has argued that the evidence supports a charge of gross vehicular manslaughter, not murder.

“I’m not joining this plea,” Cline said in the courtroom. “but I do believe she has made a knowing and intelligent decision.”

Cline has said Jackson pleaded guilty to avoid facing a possible life sentence if she had been convicted at trial. Because the prosecution would not consider charging Jackson with gross vehicular manslaughter — which carries a shorter maximum sentence — Cline said his client felt she had no other choice but to plead guilty Tuesday to the charge that was available to her.

Outside the courtroom, Deputy District Attorney Laura Evans explained that gross vehicular manslaughter had been part of the discussion, but it was “not something our office ultimately considered.”

According to testimony at a November 2015 preliminary hearing, the dispute began when Jackson passed Buob on the freeway. Both vehicles were in the fast lane at the time, which appeared to upset Buob.

He gestured at Jackson, shaking his head and possibly flipping her a middle finger.

When Jackson swerved toward the motorcycle, Buob “flinched,” according to the testimony. Buob pulled next to Jackson’s car and kicked the passenger-side door.

He then drove toward an off-ramp to state Route 54, and Jackson followed. Both were moving at speeds of 75 mph to 85 mph, according to the testimony.

The judge at that hearing said she believed Buob had a role in the incident, but Jackson “chose to dive dangerously and recklessly in pursuit” of the motorcyclist.

A California Highway Patrol investigator testified that Jackson’s car was moving at 93 mph on the transition ramp seven seconds before the crash.

Buob had been ahead of the Nissan but had to slow down because of traffic.

Jackson told CHP Officer Brad Clinkscales that she did not intend to hit Buob but wanted to get the license plate number from his motorcycle.

The plate was hard to see because of how it was mounted, according to the testimony.
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Never let a car get close enough to take you out on the road after having words or gestures. Get over the argument or get dead. Your choice. I just chalk it up to stupid drivers. There are plenty of them on the road. Just get the Fuck away from the thing that can kill you. This is a lesson for all of us. Take note.
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Never let a car get close enough to take you out on the road after having words or gestures. Get over the argument or get dead. Your choice. I just chalk it up to stupid drivers. There are plenty of them on the road. Just get the Fuck away from the thing that can kill you. This is a lesson for all of us. Take note.
Yea, exactly. And some good advice is to just eat it up and move on with your life. I know it sucks, we all take that attitude that someone that cuts us off or whatever could've possibly killed us, but the person with the 2 ton vehicle is always going to win anything that gets out of hand.

Couple weeks ago we had another road rage incident that was caught on GoPro in LA. Where a cager got into it with some bikes then the cages sideswiped one of the bikes. Is the cager an asshole and deserve to be arrested? Absolutely, but WHY would you chase down and pull in front of someone driving a car who just raged on by you.

As much as this incident was an extreme tragedy and a very disturbing incident, I imagine if Zach knew things were gunna end up like that, he probably would've let the bitch go. So we should take other riders mistakes as our learning opportunities.
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Never let a car get close enough to take you out on the road after having words or gestures. Get over the argument or get dead. Your choice. I just chalk it up to stupid drivers. There are plenty of them on the road. Just get the Fuck away from the thing that can kill you. This is a lesson for all of us. Take note.
Your spot on BUT when they find and prosecute the person to give these types of penalty's is BS.
The way you kill someone should not change the fact you KILLED someone.
Considering this is one of the states that push's HATE crimes that double the penalty's, why wasn't that used in this case.
The driver sure didn't like the biker.
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Your spot on BUT when they find and prosecute the person to give these types of penalty's is BS.
The way you kill someone should not change the fact you KILLED someone.
Considering this is one of the states that push's HATE crimes that double the penalty's, why wasn't that used in this case.
The driver sure didn't like the biker.
Doesn't hate crime require the crime to be committed based on membership of a protected class?

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Doesn't hate crime require the crime to be committed based on membership of a protected class?

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Ya,, it's only when one group kill's another one with hate then it's a hate crime.
SO killing someone in above group has MORE hate than when it happens some other way..

SORRY, it's an inside joke. Hate crimes don't need to make sense.
Which is why it's so pushed on the left coast. (not everyone, so no flames unless you agree with hate crimes)
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The rider was white, not black. So it can't be a hate crime right

At least she's getting a serious sentence. The DA probably didn't want to risk not meeting the burden for a murder charge. F that girl. Hooyah
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The rider was white, not black. So it can't be a hate crime right

At least she's getting a serious sentence. The DA probably didn't want to risk not meeting the burden for a murder charge. F that girl. Hooyah
I think the driver was straight and the biker was gay.. So that's a hate crime isn't it.
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I think the driver was straight and the biker was gay.. So that's a hate crime isn't it.
You might be right, the guy on the bike was in the Navy after all. They don't call 'em pier queers for nothing.
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Yea, exactly. And some good advice is to just eat it up and move on with your life. I know it sucks, we all take that attitude that someone that cuts us off or whatever could've possibly killed us, but the person with the 2 ton vehicle is always going to win anything that gets out of hand.

Couple weeks ago we had another road rage incident that was caught on GoPro in LA. Where a cager got into it with some bikes then the cages sideswiped one of the bikes. Is the cager an asshole and deserve to be arrested? Absolutely, but WHY would you chase down and pull in front of someone driving a car who just raged on by you.

As much as this incident was an extreme tragedy and a very disturbing incident, I imagine if Zach knew things were gunna end up like that, he probably would've let the bitch go. So we should take other riders mistakes as our learning opportunities.
Totally agree!!!! A rider can be totally right in being mad, but we pay a much bigger price when things escalate. Gotta sit back and think big picture instead of letting the emotion take over. For me it's tail-gaters - something about a 20-something riding my bumper in the diamond lane while texting gets my blood boiling, but simply letting them pass is what I've learned is the smarter move.....

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LOL,, I'm x-Air Farce..

Honestly, my main points are. Killing someone should carry a harsh penalty.
Second, hate crimes are stupid.
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2 wrongs don't make a right and now someone is dead
They both did dumb shit
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guys, i followed this story when it broke a few years ago

its despicable how the news played it out

they published the goddamn sob story from the drivers mom saying she is a good ol girl and she was just trying 2 get this guys license #### and its a normal everyday road raging thingamajig.....

that boiled my blood so much

turns out the driver has had her license previously suspended by the DMV due to court statements of her ex bf stating that she would literally try to run him over with her car,

then another ex-friend of hers stated the same thing, crazy bitch would try to run me over with her car and now im not friends with her.

This bitch routinely intimidates others with her vehicle and now has literally killed someone......

Did we really need to let her continue her rage and kill someone before it was brought to light that she should NEVER be driving period?
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