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Car drives into yard of home hit by van last year; last crash claimed the life of 17-year-old girl

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A car drives into the yard of a home on Kennerly and Barnes Roads.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Jacksonville family is reliving the horror of losing their 17-year-old daughter. For the second time in less than a year, a car has hit their Southside home.

Police on scene would not release details of the accident,
but Gerald Jackson, the homeowner, and father of the 17-year-old who lost her life because of this exact type of accident says he believes the driver was involved in a hit and run near University and Barnes and sped all the way down Barnes, tried to make a left turn at a high speed and went off the road crashing into his fence. The crash is an all too familiar experience for this grieving
family and for concerned neighbors.

"This was devastating when it happened to them before
and I can just imagine they are reliving that moment again," said Barbara Reposh, a resident of Kennerly Road.

The Jackson family on Kennerly and Barnes Roads is still grieving the loss of their 17-year-old daughter, JaNay Jackson. Last September, a van slammed into the teenager's bedroom in the middle of the night while she was sleeping.  And now, not even a year later, another car drives into the family's yard.

"Heard a squeal of wheels, heard a big loud crash, looked out the window and there he was I saw them all getting out of the car," said Reposh. 

Reposh lives in the house right next door and had parts of the
fence and blue ford Taurus in her yard. Jackson's contractor put up a fence when the home was being repaired from last year's crash and Reposh says if it wasn't for the fence, the car may have gone straight into her home.

"Grace of God that he didn't come in all the way through and come into my house, I was sitting right by the window it would have been just like that young girl in her bedroom over there," added Reposh.

The speed limit on Barnes Road is 30 mph, but neighbors say it is a dangerous intersection that needs a traffic light or caution light to slow people down.

Last year a city Public Works Spokesperson told First Coast
News that there was no record of any requests made directly to the city for a traffic study or traffic improvement at Barnes and
Kennerly. The spokesperson says the intersection meets city standard specifications.

First Coast News

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