Daniel Jacks Obituary, Death – California’s MORENO VALLEY (KABC) In a head-on collision in Moreno Valley that was allegedly caused by a drunk driver, a Riverside County correctional deputy and his 20-year-old daughter were slain, according to investigators. The alleged intoxicated driver, who was taken to the hospital after the collision, has been detained on suspicion of two charges of homicide, as well as DUI and injuring a passenger in his own car. According to the California Highway Patrol, the violent collision was reported just before 9 p.m. Sunday near Gilman Springs Road and Bridge Street.
At the site, two people were identified as dead. The two fatalities were identified as Hannah Jacks, 20, and Daniel Jacks Jr., 45, both of San Jacinto, who were riding in the front seat. In the Indio jail, Daniel Jacks Jr. was a correctional deputy for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office. He had been working for the division since 2008. At the time of the accident, he wasn’t working. The 47-year-old Moreno Valley resident Scott Bales is the driver of the second vehicle who is thought to be to blame for the collision. According to investigators, Bales was traveling west on Gilman Springs Road in a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck when he allegedly jumped over the center line of the split road and started driving into oncoming traffic.
Hanna was riding in the front seat of Daniel Jacks Jr.’s eastbound Honda Insight when he collided head-on with it. The wrecked vehicle and car were visible in news footage from the area. While the car wound up off the side of the road, the truck was on the right shoulder. Bales was found to have been driving while intoxicated, according to the investigation. He was hospitalized along with his passenger, a 45-year-old Moreno Valley male, for injuries sustained in the head-on collision. Over the years, there have been a number of tragic accidents along this section of Gilman Springs Road, which is thought to be reasonably risky.
According to a CHP spokeswoman, work has been done on the road to make it safer, including lane separation and the addition of double yellow lines, rumble strips, and other markings. But the risk is still greatly increased by intoxicated driving. There is just no excuse for drunk driving, according to CHP Officer Jason Montez. “Public transit, taxis, and rideshare services come in a wide variety. Absolutely no justification exists. It is entirely avoidable.”