A woman faces a murder charge after she allegedly struck and killed a motorcyclist on a South Bay freeway in what authorities are calling a road rage incident.
The suspect was identified as 25-year-old Renee Jackson. The victim was 39-year-old Zach Buob, a Navy saiolor assigned to the Naval Special Warfare Command.
California Highway Patrol investigators said the incident happened at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday on eastbound State Route 54 near Highland Avenue in the National City area.
According to the CHP, Jackson was driving her Nissan Altima on northbound Interstate 5 near E Street when she became involved in some sort of road confrontation with a Buob, who was riding a red Ducati motorcycle.
Jackson and Buob proceeded to travel from northbound I-5 to eastbound SR-54, and after passing National City Boulevard, the CHP said Jackson struck the motorcycle from behind and then ran over the rider.
Other drivers stopped to assist the victim, and a medical team performed CPR on Buob at the scene before taking him to a hospital, where he died CHP said.
Jackson was arrested in connection with the fatal incident. She was booked into Las Colinas Detention Facility in Santee.
According to Department of Motor Vehicle records, Jackson’s license had been restored in January following a two-year suspension for “lack of knowledge or skill.”
Nicole Cramer, a friend of Buob’s, said he served in the Navy for more than 20 years.
“I’m having a hard time,” Cramer said through tears Friday.
“It’s just a huge loss to the country, to his family, to his friends,” said Kathy Cramer, Nicole’s mother.
Jackson’s mother, meanwhile, alleges that Buob was trying to squeeze between two cars and kicked Jackson’s car.
“I had no idea it was going to be this extreme, because seriously she’s so innocent,” Jackson’s mother told 10News Friday. She asked that her name not be disclosed.
She explained that her daughter followed him to get his license plate. Jackson’s mother claims he cut in front of her and Jackson could not stop in time.
“I told her, ‘Don’t worry, it’ll be okay, it was an accident. He was the one acting crazy and driving erratically.’”
The CHP is asking that any witnesses to the incident contact them at 619-220-5492.