PALMDALE – The vice principal of a middle school in Palmdale is facing a vehicular manslaughter charge.
Jada Lashay Jackson of Knight Prep Academy was charged last month in connection with a 2015 traffic crash that killed 79-year-old Beverly Arlene Dwyer of Lancaster, according to court records.
The multi-vehicle crash happened around 3:24 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, in the intersection of 70th Street East and Avenue K in Lancaster, according to Detective Michael Politano of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
Jackson was driving a 2013 GMC Terrain northbound on 70th Street East, and Beverly Dwyer was a passenger in a 2002 Saturn that was headed eastbound on Avenue K, according to Politano.
Jackson stopped at the stop sign and then accelerated into the intersection, failing to yield to the Saturn, which had no stop sign, Politano said, citing witness statements.
Jackson’s GMC Terrain collided with the Saturn, and then the Saturn spun out of control and collided with a 2005 Dodge Ram pickup that was traveling westbound on Avenue K, according to Politano.
Beverly Dwyer was transported to the hospital with critical injuries and she died about three weeks later.
“She died as a result of multiple blunt force injuries from an auto collision. Her date of death was Oct. 15, 2015, at 11:25 p.m.,” said coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter.
Beverly Dwyer’s husband, who had been driving the Saturn, sustained serious injuries in the collision. James Dwyer is still being treated for his injuries at the hospital, according to a family member.
Jackson was charged on March 7 with one count of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter in connection with the crash, according to court records.
She pleaded not guilty on March 15 and remains out of custody on her own recognizance.
A pretrial hearing is set for May 24, according to Ricardo Santiago of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
If convicted as charged, Jackson could face a maximum penalty of 364 days in county jail, Santiago said.
Jada Jackson is the vice principal at Knight Preparatory Academy, a middle school charter academy offered by Antelope Valley Union High School District, according to the school’s website.
Calls to the Antelope Valley Union High School District regarding Jackson were not immediately returned.