Motorcyclists hold memorial for sailor killed in crash

A motorcycle ride was held Sunday in honor of a Navy sailor killed in a South Bay crash last week.

Hundreds of motorcycle riders traveled from Westfield Mission Valley to the area on state Route 54 where Chief Petty Officer Zach Buob was killed last week. Investigators said road rage played a role in the fatal crash.

Darla Jackson, 25, of Imperial Beach, faces a murder charge in connection with the crash on eastbound SR-54 in National City.

Charmaine Ramilo said she was on Interstate 5 near SR-54 last Thursday when she witnessed the confrontation moments before the wreck.

“I guess he shook his head and he sped up right next to her and saying, ‘What’s up,’ and all of a sudden she tried to sideswipe him,” Ramilo said.

Ramilo said that is when Buob kicked Jackson’s Nissan Altima. At that point, Ramilo said the situation escalated from there.

“The lady got mad and followed him, tailgated him, tried to get him off the road,” Ramilo said.

Ramilo said she did not see what happened after that, but investigators said Jackson rammed the back of Buob’s motorcycle and then ran over the 39-year-old rider.

Sunday’s memorial ride was not only to honor Buob but to encourage all drivers to be courteous on the road.

Share the road, raise awareness for all bikers. Take accountability for your own actions. This man shouldn’t have lost his life over something so little,” said motorcycle rider William Penick.

Jackson’s mother told 10News that her daughter his not a murdered.

Jackson is being held in jail without bail, with an arraignment scheduled for June 2.


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