A 21-year-old Jacksonville woman has been charged with DUI manslaughter in the May 29, 2016, crash that killed 47-year-old Derrick Lamar Jones on Heckscher Drive, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Lark Dana Hodge of University Club Boulevard was officially charged Thursday as the at-fault driver following an almost year-long investigation, the Highway Patrol said. Hodge was being held on $75,000 bail in the Duval County jail until she bonded out three hours after her arrest, according to jail records.
Hodge was heading west on Heckscher Drive about 3:25 a.m. in her Ford Escape when she crossed over the center line near Heritage River Road and hit Jones’ GMC Yukon almost head-on, the FHP said. Jones’ sport-utility vehicle ended up in a nearby marsh, while Hodge’s car spun and came to rest the wrong way in the westbound lane.
Jones was dead at the scene, while Hodge received serious injuries, according to the crash report. Jones was not wearing a seat belt, while Hodge was.
The crash report does show Hodge’s initial blood-alcohol results slightly below the state’s legal limit of .08 to drive. But Sgt. Dylan Bryan, FHP spokesman, said the hospital blood test showed a higher result. The report also lists Jones’ results as above the limit and included other drugs.