Man killed in I-85 crash was soldier, father-to-be

Mr. Jackson's items at final roll call Monday.
Mr. Jackson's items at final roll call Monday.
"I love my dad," 4-year-old Kesean says, not fully understanding why he's no longer here.
"I love my dad," 4-year-old Kesean says, not fully understanding why he's no longer here.
DeJon Jackson
DeJon Jackson

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - New details are emerging about one of the victims of a fatal car crash that happened early Sunday morning on Interstate 85. The early morning crash happened between the Forest Avenue and Hall Street overpasses. Three people lost their lives and a fourth is in critical condition.

"He will be well missed," Felicia Jackson, the mother of DeJon Jackson said.

The family of the 23-year-old is still in shock. "Just confused," Brittany Jackson, DeJon's wife tried to explain.

Jackson was a combat medic specialist with the Alabama National Guard Military Police Unit in Prattville. His wife says he was driving alone on Interstate 85, heading to a relative's house when the crash took place.

"He would be glad we wasn't in there with him," the man's widow explained.

His grandmother, Lovie Moore, got the call about the first death of a grandchild. "It's hard..." Moore lamented.

It's a tragic accident that leaves the Jackson family planning a funeral for their serviceman. "It could have happened to anybody's child," Felicia said.

Jackson and his wife served together in the same unit in Iraq. Unit members honored him as his gear was displayed for his final roll call Sunday in Prattville. His wife says he was known for helping others.

"Anything that happened, he was there. Even if they needed a bandaid, he would get it to you. He would get whatever he needed," Mrs. Jackson said.

Jackson would have earned his correctional officer certification Wednesday, a graduation ceremony his grandmother says he was looking forward to.

"He's been working hard about being somebody, and he did and he proved it to me that he was going to do that and he did," Moore said.

Troubling in light of an untimely death, Brittany revealed that she's expecting a baby boy in the spring. The Jackson's four-year-old son, Kesean, really doesn't understand what has happened but knows one thing for sure.  "I love my dad," he said.

The outpouring of support on Facebook has been overwhelming with the creation of a memorial group and comments. Unit member Willie Robinson wrote "Rest in peace to one of the finest combat medics I have ever served with. You will be missed brother."

Police have identified the other victims as 54-year-old James Harris of Camp Hill and his wife 54-year-old Mary Harris. Police say the passenger who suffered life-threatening injuries is listed in critical but stable condition at UAB medical center.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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