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Man charged in deadly I-90 crash appears in court

Posted at 9:56 AM, Apr 09, 2019

CLEVELAND — The man charged in the deadly I-90 crash Sunday that killed a father and injured his son appeared at the Cuyahoga County Justice Center for his first court appearance Tuesday.

Christopher Jackson is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault, receiving stolen property, operating a vehicle impaired, possession of marijuana and failure to operate in marked lanes.

The judge ordered Jackson to have no contact with the victim and he was given a $500,000 bond.

The deadly crash happened at around 3 a.m. on I-90 eastbound near MLK Drive and Eddy Road.

Officials said a 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis, 2001 Dodge Ram pick-up with a fifth wheel trailer attached and a 2019 Kia Sportage were involved in the crash.

The occupants of the Mercury Grand Marquis and the Dodge Ram were both outside of their vehicles on the right shoulder of the freeway attempting to load the Grand Marquis onto the trailer of the Dodge Ram.

One of the pedestrians, 50-year-old James Blankenship, was killed. His 26-year-old son was seriously injured. Both men were transported to University Hospital.

Jackson's next court date is scheduled for April 17 at 9:00 a.m.

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