CHICAGO (December 26, 2013) A Texan man was ordered held in lieu of $250,000 bond in Chicago after investigators say he failed to notice that his 4-year-old son had been thrown through his car's back window in a crash on a busy interstate.
The boy, from League City, died of head trauma in the Dec. 22 crash on the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago.
Prosecutors say the father, Franklin L. Jackson, 46, didn't notice the boy was missing until he pulled into a gas station to examine the damage to his car.
The preschooler, who wasn't wearing a seat belt, was found on an embankment.
Three other children in the car, all younger than 2, weren’t injured.
Jackson was charged with reckless homicide and aggravated driving under the influence.
His attorney called the crash "a terrible tragedy" during a court appearance Wednesday.