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Van slams into home, killing sleeping 17-year-old girl

8:16 AM, Aug 28, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Investigators with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office confirmed a 17-year-old girl has died after a vehicle slammed into her bedroom while she was asleep.

According to police at the scene, the driver of a minivan was traveling down Barnes Road, went through a stop sign, before slamming into the house at 5501 Kennerly Road around 2:40 a.m.

17-year-old Janay Jackson was sleeping when the van came crashing into her bedroom. Investigators said she died at the hospital from her injuries.

Jackson was a senior at Wolfson High School.  Her father said she was going to graduate number four in her class this year.

Janay's father said his daughter wanted to go to college to become a nurse.

The man said his family has lived in the home for 26 years and cars have ended up in their yard before.  He built a cinder block wall in front of Janay's bedroom window but the barrier did not work.

Both Janay's parents were home at the time of the crash.  Her father said he heard glass shatter and knew immediately what had happened.

The male driver of the minivan was treated at Shands for injuries and has been released, JSO said. Janay's father said it was "unfair" the driver walked away unhurt while his family will mourn the loss of his daughter the rest of their lives.

Investigators said they believe alcohol and speed may have played a factor in this crash.

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