Drunken Father Didn’t Notice Son Was Ejected From Car In Fatal Crash

12/26/13 2:22PM EST

Drunken Father Didnt Notice Son Was Ejected From Car In Fatal Crash Drunken Father Didnt Notice Son Was Ejected From Car In Fatal Crash

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A drunk driver’s car crash sent his son flying out of the car, and the man was too drunk to notice, according to police.

Franklin L. Jackson, 46, and his family were visiting Chicago from Texas for the holidays. Jackson was driving in the middle lane of an expressway when he veered into the right lane and hit a guardrail twice, according to the Chicago Tribune. Jackson himself suffered broken ribs.

His 23-year-old wife and three other children, aged 2 and younger, were also in the car but suffered no injuries. No one noticed that 4-year-old Franklin Jackson Jr., the only child not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from vehicle’s third row out of the back window.

Jackson continued driving to the next exit and pulled into a gas station to assess the damage. Only then did he realize that his eldest son was missing, and the family returned to the scene of the accident. Police had already arrived and had sent Franklin Jr. to a nearby children’s hospital, where he died just an hour later of head trauma.

Jackson admitted to police that he had been drinking. Police found an empty vodka bottle, an empty beer can and an unopened can of beer in the car. And six hours after the crash, his blood alcohol level still hadn’t returned to normal and was registering at 0.04 percent. Investigators estimate that his BAC was between 0.11 and 0.15 percent at the time of the accident, well above the Illinois legal limit of 0.08 percent.

Jackson is being charged with reckless homicide and aggravated driving under the influence. He is being held on $250,000 bail.