Family seeking answers in bicycle death

Published: Feb. 9, 2014 at 3:54 PM CST|Updated: Apr. 9, 2014 at 9:58 PM CDT
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LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas family is still asking for answers in the death of a family member who was killed in a January accident.

It happened January 13th, when 54-year old Ivory Van Jackson senior was hit by a van as he was riding his bicycle in the 700 block of Mobberly avenue in Longview. He died of his injuries and his family is still mourning his loss.

"When he wasn't stopping by , he's calling to check on us. He had 4 children and 15 grandchildren," says daughter Tamiko Richardson.

Family says he was riding his bicycle home when he was hit by a van.

'My brother called and told me that my dad had been in an accident , had been hit by a car," she says.

Family members say Jackson road the route on Mobberly very often. He knew the rules and obeyed traffic laws. But something about the accident report doesn't set right with his daughter.

"From the damage to the van and where his body impacted the van it doesn't add up to what the police report is saying," Tamiko says.

In a copy of the Longview accident report, the van driver reported that Jackson had cut across the road in front of her. Something Tamiko says he never would have done.

"Look I know what the report says but I don't believe that because my father was a safe bicycle rider. He wouldn't have put himself in an unsafe predicament," she says.
Both traveling northbound, the impact was on the left drivers side, and police markers show it likely happened in the median of the roadway. Police say every aspect of the accident was covered, including the driver.

"It's standard procedure for us to take them to the hospital and have blood drawn. We have all the information we need,  now we have to wait on toxicology," says Longview police officer Kristie Brian.

Jackson's family wants the truth.

"And the people responsible to be held accountable," says Tamiko.

Jackson's family is asking police to keep the case open. Longview police told us today that the case was not closed, they are still waiting on other information in the case.

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