LEAGUE CITY — A Galveston County man has been charged with reckless homicide and aggravated driving under the influence for a car accident Sunday in Chicago, Ill., that killed his 4-year-old son, a spokeswoman for the Cook County State Attorney’s Office said Thursday.
Franklin L. Jackson, 46, of League City appeared in court Christmas Day, said Lisa Gordon, a spokeswoman for the Cook County State Attorney’s Office.
His bond was set at $250,000.
Prosecutors said Jackson was driving on the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago when the car crashed into a guardrail and ejected 4-year-old Franklin Jackson Jr. through the SUV’s back window, according to The Associated Press. Police said it appeared the father had been drinking.
Police said Jackson told them he did not notice the boy had been thrown from the car until he pulled over at a gas station to check damage to the vehicle, according to prosecutors. The boy was found on a grassy embankment.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the child was the only passenger in the third row of seating, and was ejected from the rear window when the vehicle swerved from the middle lane and hit a guardrail twice.
The child was not wearing a seat belt and died of head trauma, authorities said.
Jackson’s wife and three other young children were in the vehicle but were not injured in the crash, according to The Associated Press report.
Franklin was scheduled to appear again in court Thursday to have a later court date scheduled, Gordon said.
He is being held at the Cook County Jail, according to online jail records.
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