BASTROP COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — A silly smile that could make others grin, and a mother who loved her son. They are memories relatives of Deborah Jackson and Blake Jackson choose to remember them by.
“Five minutes, whole life changed.”
Raymond Jackson is Deborah’s uncle. His niece was driving last week on FM 535 when she collided with a mobile home going the opposite direction. Department of Motor Vehicles records show the mobile home was too wide for the road and the truck wasn’t on its approved route.
“His route that he should’ve taken is about two, three hours max that he saved. Was two lives worth three hours? No,” says Raymond.
Raymond is thankful for one thing. His godchild and Blake’s brother CJ are alive. They were in Deborah’s car when the crash happened, but only suffered minor injuries.
“Thank God that they were okay.” Raymond just lost a daughter and nephew last Fall, now Deborah and Blake are gone.
“You can’t describe the feeling,” says Raymond. He can’t give them a hug anymore, but no one can take away the memories Raymond has of Blake and Deborah. He says he’ll never let go of those.
Deborah Jackson is survived by her husband Christopher and three other children.
The driver was supposed to drive all the way to I-10 and back to deliver the mobile home. Instead he took a route that appears to be a short cut. The DMV says enforcement measures are up to individual law enforcement agencies, so any traffic citations or criminal charges are handed by local authorities.