Off-duty MP and daughter killed in Southern California crash; Drunk driver arrested 3 times

A man convicted three times of driving under the influence was arrested Sunday night, Nov. 13, on suspicion of vehicle homicide and DUI after his car ran head-on into another car near San Jacinto, killing an off-duty Riverside The county sheriff’s assistant corrections officer and his daughter had said the California Highway Patrol.

Daniel Jacks Jr., 45, of San Jacinto, and his daughter Hannah Jacks died at the scene, the California Highway Patrol said. The sheriff’s department said Daniel Jacks Jr. was a corporal at the John Benoit Detention Center in Indio and that Hannah was 19 years old.

Riverside County Sheriff's Correctional Officer Daniel Jacks Jr. and his daughter Hannah Jacks were killed in a collision on Sunday evening, November 13, 2022.  (Photo courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff)
Riverside County Sheriff’s Correctional Officer Daniel Jacks Jr. and his daughter Hannah Jacks, pictured together, were killed in a collision on Sunday evening, November 13, 2022. (Photo courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff)

Daniel Jacks Jr. is survived by wife Denay, son Brent, father Daniel Sr. and brothers Anthony and Tommy.

The collision happened just before 9 p.m. on Gilman Springs Road, east of Bridge Street. Scott Brandon Bales, 47, of Moreno Valley, was driving his Chevrolet Silverado west on Gilman Springs when he crossed the divided highway and entered eastbound traffic and hit Jack’s Honda Insight, the CHP said.

Bales and his passenger, a 45-year-old man from Moreno Valley, were both hospitalized. Both were expected to survive, Officer Jason Montez, a CHP spokesman, said Monday from the hospital. Bales was also arrested on suspicion of DUI causing injuries, the CHP said.

Under California law, Bales could be charged with second-degree murder under the implied malice theory. Prosecutors could argue that based on his previous convictions for DUI, Bales should have known or been told that driving under the influence of alcohol could result in injury or death to himself or others.

A second-degree murder conviction could carry a life sentence from 15 years in state prison.

Riverside County Superior Court records show that Bales was convicted in 2008 of misdemeanor drink driving and driving without a license. He was sentenced to 120 days in the weekend and 30 days on the sheriff’s work program.

In 2011, he pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and without a license. He was sentenced to 150 days and five years probation under the sheriff’s parole program. He was ordered to attend 34 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and to wear an alcohol detection bracelet.

And in 2015, Bales pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, driving without a license and speeding. Online court records show he was sentenced to one year of supervised imprisonment. The length of the prison sentence to which he was sentenced was unclear on Monday.

Montez confirmed that the man arrested Sunday is the same person convicted on those charges.

Gilman Springs Road is notorious for catastrophic collisions, particularly head-on collisions. Officials have installed various security measures over the years. Where Sunday’s accident occurred, what used to be just a double yellow line now has two sets of double yellow lines two feet apart, a rumble strip and plastic poles to warn drivers to cross into oncoming traffic said Montez.

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