Woman Who Ran Over Navy Officer Gets Prison

04/17/2017 @ 11:48 am, by Jensen Beeler34 COMMENTS

Almost two years ago, Chief Petty Officer Zacharias Buob on the United States Navy was run over by Darla Jackson,who struck Buob and Buob’s Ducati motorcycle, while in a fit of road rage.

The incident should sound familiar to A&R readers, as the story made waves two years ago when it was first reported.

Now, justice has been served to Jackson, as Superior Court Judge Francis Devaney handed the 27-year-old a six-year prison sentence, after she plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter earlier this year.

The pair had their first altercation while driving north on I-5 in Chula Vista, with the incident then spilling-over onto Hwy 54.

Jackson ultimately crashed into Buob and his motorcycle, when traffic slowed in front of them. Buob was then run over by Jackson, as she allegedly swerved to avoid his fallen motorcycle. Buob was pronounced dead, after being taken to the hospital.

Upon hearing her sentence and being led out of the courtroom, Jackson is reported to have said “Oh, my God. Oh, my God, no!”

One of just several high-profile cases of road rage involving the striking of a motorcyclist, the incident between Buob and Jackson is likely not to change the escalating nature of road rage on public streets, but at least it shows that justice has its day.

Source: LA Times

  • Buellba Fett

    Hope that’s a solid 6 years of incarceration.
    “Petty Officer… Navy… story made waves…” I see what you did there.

  • Shinigami

    Not enough. Six years is not enough, and there’s little chance the criminal will even serve that much.

    Meanwhile the other high profile case involving injury- not death- nets the perp 15 years.

    Not enough.

  • Fivespeed302

    Check out testimony from her ex boyfriend: “A really aggressive, possessive person, like she was really…you know, I can’t explain, can’t use words to describe her,”…


    Another ex boyfriend was threatened by her to be run over by her car.


    “Petty Officer… Navy… story made waves…”

    Totally unnecessary and in extremely poor taste.

  • It depends on how you look at it, and if you can separate the difference between murder and manslaughter. She killed someone, which is surely horrible, but did she it in the heat of passion – not in a cold calculating sort of way. The law sees a difference in that regard, and frankly we as rational people should see a difference as well.

    In terms of what’s allowed by law, she got the middle-ground in terms of punishments available, as the CA penal code provides for 3, 6, and 11-year sentences in rulings of voluntary manslaughter.

    Considering she pled guilty and showed remorse, a six-year sentence is pretty strong – I wouldn’t expect an 11-year sentence, if I was the DA.

  • Dustin Nisbet-Jones

    I am curious about what happens to these people after they serve their prison sentence. Will this lady be allowed to keep her driving license? Will she be required to attend anger management or perform some sort of public service?

    I think if somebody commits a malicious act with a vehicle there should be a substantial driving ban, if not a lifetime one. I realise that this is probably impossible in the ‘land of the automobile’. Plus, you could just move to another state

  • Jeromy

    Are road rage cases escalating? I am genuinely asking. This is the only case I know of, and only because of this post. I don’t hear about road rage, and my personal perception is that it was a issue that peaked in the nineties, and has never gone away, but has receded. To be clear I live in a rural area, so I would not see it locally. So has road rage frequency or severity increased?


    In the heat of passion? She chased him down for several miles on two different freeways. She apparently has a history of making threats to harm people, at least one she threatened to run down with her car according to reports. I expect that her feelings are less about remorse for her action and more about fear of the consequences. The inability to control your emotions and think rationally is not a valid defense in my opinion. These are precisely the people that need to be removed from society.

  • tony

    agreed justin, very poor taste indeed. i’ve had a few interpersonal writings with jb, they’ve always been very bright and on the money. i’ll assume this was an honest error metaphor until he responds in kind. meanwhile, back at the ranch…

    yes, my adopted hometown. while sd has navy roots far and wide, i’ve seen many incidents of “squid” behavior that were less than desirable. and this takes the cake, by far. chick kills one of us with her car, gets six years. it’s not nearly enough!

    i know, lets put her in the pen with elena meyer’s massuse. how about six years of that?

  • Mike Flynn

    that is second degree murder. same as a killing of passion with a gun
    i don’t care what the law says….there’s just and then there is justice

  • Mike Flynn


  • “The inability to control your emotions and think rationally is not a valid defense in my opinion.”

    And yet, that’s precisely what distinguishes manslaughter from murder.

    With a second-degree murder charge, as was suggested below, you would have to show she willfully intended to kill Buob when she hit his motorcycle.

  • It depends. She certainly could have conditions on her release or parole. That’s usually a case-by-case basis sort of thing.

  • Let’s be clear, that’s not testimony, that’s an ex-boyfriend talking to a news station.

  • There was another high-profile road rage incident that was just ruled upon recently: http://www.autoblog.com/2017/04/07/texas-driver-sideswiped-motorcycle-prison/


    I understand the distinction. I think that there’s a distinct difference between a knee jerk immediate reaction and chasing someone down for several miles. This was a plea agreement so the charge she plead to doesn’t necessarily reflect the crime she committed. I think the plea bargain was too lenient and the application of the crime of manslaughter is not being applied correctly.

  • darren636

    life for a life

  • Fivespeed302

    Let’s be clear, if you use me as an attorney, well you’re a dumbass! Hahahaha!

  • Shinigami

    Indeed there was- the guy in Texas, who caused (serious) injury but not death, essentially gets a life sentence (you expect this specimen to last the 15 years he’s been sentenced to?) while the woman who killed Chief Petty Officer Buob gets off with 6 (more like two, under California’s procedures).


    Yes I understand your arguments Jensen. But this woman is a murderer by any normal metric.

  • Fivespeed302

    Although I will refer to myself as your attorney in any bar wingman style, should you purchase my drink.

  • Jd

    Terrible situation and I feel for the rider and family. But it begs to question the riders involvement, or his lack of dis-involvement? Ive been in a tiff or two and know that I will lose in a impact scenario, so I give a nice sharp finger and leave the scene. Quite easily I might add, done deal. How the heck could it last 2 freeways without some sort of commitment to the conflict. So I am scratching my head and realizing to short sentence.

  • appliance5000

    Murder plain and simple.

  • appliance5000

    Not sure the law says you can murder someone if they make you real angry.

    But yeah – take your lumps and move on – never worth whatever comes next.

  • It’s pretty easy for “two freeways” really to mean less than a mile, in the San Diego area. One has to be careful to jump to conclusions with limited information, and reading only news headlines.

  • The law doesn’t say that, and no one is saying that it does. “Murder” isn’t a cut-and-dry act though.

    Is it the same when someone plans for weeks the demise of another, as opposed to when it happens by accident? What if someone dies during the course of committing another crime? What if you’re drunk, or provoked? What if you’re driving your car, the wheel flies off because you didn’t tighten it properly, and it hits and kills someone? Should the people in all these cases be treated the same by the law?

  • Is there a drink minimum? I’m on a budget.

  • appliance5000

    The law defines many of those differently IE pre meditated vs not premeditated etc. In this case 2 tons of steel was used to purposely kill someone. Murder. she got off lightly

  • It’s an idiom I use quite frequently, and really has nothing to do with this story. Though, it’s interesting to see it ruffling feathers in this thread. This wouldn’t be the first time I’ve seen a story like this bring everyone’s threat level to DEFCON 1.

    I’m of the belief that if you ride enough miles, you probably have more than a few stories that mimic the one told here, though they thankfully don’t come with such a tragic ending.

    Motorcyclists are a lot more vulnerable than car drivers, and it’s easy for people to forget the amount of damage a 5,000+ lbs vehicle can bring at 65 mph or so. I’m certain Ms. Jackson just became all too aware of this fact. I wish it was something she could have learned earlier in life, before she met CPO Buob.

    I generally avoid publishing these kind of stories, mostly because I think they’re clickbait for slow news days. I’ll let other “news” sites peddle them, like the tabloids they often feel like. I posted this one though because there is a good message to be shared and explored here.

    This woman is your archetypical driver, who let her temper get the best of them. I’ve probably encountered countless versions of her on the road before, and can see shades of myself in her actions when I yell in my head (or out loud) at the next dumbass driver who blows a stop sign or cuts me off while I’m on a bike (or even car, for that matter).

    I would bet that all of us in this thread can relate to victim here, Chief Petty Officer Buob, as we all have surely encountered reckless drivers on the highway before. Motorcycles are difficult for drivers to see, not only physically, but also mentally. We’re taught to look for, and anticipate the movements, other cars and trucks, and motorcycles move and behave well outside this mental heuristic. I bet that if we are honest with ourselves, we can see some of our own actions and responses in this woman that we are so quick to vilify.

    I know that I have read people on this site talking about what they do to motorists that cut them off or commit some other traffic offense – how they give them the bird, bang on their window, or maybe even vandalize their car.

    This story is really just those stories, taken one tragic step further. It’s important that we all see and understand that.

  • MikeD

    She got a slap on the wrist, specially for being a female.
    Justice’s blind you say ? Yeah, that B*&^ it’s blind alright, specially when the offender has written all over her face “NUTCASE”.

  • darren636

    for me,
    the moment she ran into the motorcycle,she took responsibility for every possible outcome

    she is a murderer.

  • Fivespeed302

    Will work for beer.



  • VTECheart

    Thanks for spreading a nuanced and thoughtful perspective on this Jensen. On the road and on social media we dehumanize each other and seem to want to escalate situations further. People are saying they would have pulled a gun out to defend themselves. On a bike on the highway? People are straight up dumb, thinking they’re invincible macho men with metal dicks.
    And people saying she’s getting off easy? Maybe for murder but let’s not pretend she isn’t being punished. She’s 27. When she gets out in 6 years, having lost potentially some of her best years, what is her future going to look like? We should all be able to see a little of ourselves in both people.

  • QEternity

    Only 6 years? Seriously?