UPDATE: ROCKFORD (WIFR) – A Stateline man is facing prison time after admitting to leaving the scene of a fatal hit and run accident.
33-year-old Justin Martin plead guilty to charges of failure to report an accident involving death.
Martin was driving his pickup truck when it hit Todd Jackson last fall. Police say Jackson was walking near the intersection of Charles and 28th Streets when he was hit. Prosecutors say failing to report an accident has the same sentencing range as vehicular homicide.
Martin faces 4-15 years in prison and will be sentenced on July 18th.
For the first time, we’re hearing from the family of Todd Jackson and they say they’re trying to heal after a devastating loss.
Jill and Charles Jackson say they’re keeping their son Todd’s legacy alive after he was killed in the hit and run accident eight months ago.
The Jackson’s say they’re relieved they won’t have to relive the tragic loss of their son during a trial. Charles helped kick start Rockford Crime Stoppers three and a half decades ago and it was a Crime Stoppers call that led police to Martin.
Jill says she finds comfort in the good memories of her son.
The Jacksons say Martin’s plea is the first step towards getting closure and justice for their son’s death.
The Jacksons say they raided about $5,000 in a memorial fund for Todd. Money will go towards a bench behind the courthouse on State Street.
UPDATE:ROCKFORD (WIFR) – Rockford police just arrested the suspect who they believe crashed into a man and left him to die on a busy Stateline road last night.
Police say 51-year-old Todd Jackson was on his way to visit his girlfriend who lived just down the street when 32-year-old Justin Martin ran him over and kept going.
Witnesses told police Jackson was crossing Charles Street around at the intersection of 28th when police say Martin hit him around 11:15 p.m. last night.
The coroner says Jackson died of multiple blunt traumas. Jackson spent the last 10 years working for the Winnebago County Circuit Clerk’s Office at the Courthouse. His friends and coworkers say he was a genuinely nice man who was always willing to help others.
“People loved it when Todd came in the room. If Todd was having a bad day, he made light of it that he was having a bad day and the employees loved it, and when he walked in a room, the room was lit up with Todd and that was something we loved about him, you know, down here,” said Tom Lawson, Chief Deputy Circuit Clerk.
Martin is charged with leaving the scene of a deadly accident and driving a car without insurance.
This is the second deadly hit and run accident in less than three months.
UPDATE: The name of the man killed after being hit by a pick-up truck Wednesday night as been released.
Police say 51-year-old Todd Jackson was walking across 28th Street after 11 p.m. last night when he was hit by a pick-up truck. The truck was going east on Charles Street. The driver drove away from the scene and has still not been caught.
If you have any information please call Rockford Police or Rockford Area Crimestoppers.
UPDATE: Police are looking for the driver who killed a Rockford man in a hit-and-run Wednesday night.
Police say after 11 p.m. Wednesday, a 51-year-old man was walking southbound across Charles Street. A vehicle heading eastbound on Charles Street struck the victim. The driver did not stop and drove away from the scene.
The victim's identity is not being released pending family notification.
Rockford police are still on the scene. Traffic will be closed on Charles Street between 27th and 29th streets until investigation is complete.
If you have any information on the incident, please call Rockford Police at (815) 987-5824 or Crime Stoppers at (815) 963-7867.
ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Charles and 28th streets has been closed since just before 1 a.m. Thursday due to a fatal accident.
According to the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office, an older man was walking in the road when a red pick-up truck hit him. He later died. The driver of the truck apparently drove off.
We will have update you when more information becomes available.