Vehicular Homicide Charges Filed in Royersford Jogger Death

The teenage driver faces multiple charges stemming from a fatal accident on Lewis Road on March 4.

Update 8:25 p.m.: This story has been updated with details from the affidavit of probable cause. Click here to visit the updated story. 


18-year-old Justin Jackson of Pottstown was charged today with homicide by vehicle in the death of Merinda Thompson on March 4.

Court records show that, in addition to homicide by vehicle, Jackson has been charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance, unsworn falsification to police, reckless endangerment, possession of marijuana, driving on the left side of the road, texting while driving, reckless driving and careless driving. 

The accident occurred in the afternoon of March 4 on Lewis Road between Benner Road and Country Club Road. Thompson was struck and killed as she was jogging along Lewis Road.  

Charges were filed today in Magisterial District Judge Walter Gadzicki's court. 

john handley April 01, 2013 at 02:30 PM
some of you seemed so appalled that your own neighborhood has produced such a monster, Dou you know where your own kids are ?
john handley April 01, 2013 at 02:38 PM
I get a laugh about the TAKING YOUR EYES OFF THE ROAD BIT I wonder if this person uses a GPS ?
john handley April 01, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Doesn't anybody think a big part of the problem is cars ?
john handley April 01, 2013 at 02:46 PM
we sure have o lot of safety wonks out there, i wonder how many of them pass on the right, exit from the left, think it's ok to break the speed limit, flash their lights to warn others about speed traps ?
john handley April 01, 2013 at 02:51 PM
Dan, with all due respect you didn't give the punchline about the A-holes ; that is they all STINK !


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