Woman Accused of Running Down Navy Chief Petty Officer in Road Rage Killing


A California woman was placed under arrest on Friday, accused of murder for hitting and running over a motorcyclist on a busy San Diego highway during “rush hour”.

26 year-old Imperial Beach resident Darla Renee Jackson, was driving her black Nissan Altima northbound on Interstate 5, near E Street in Chula Vista, around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, when CHP officers say she became involved in some type of disagreement with a man riding a red Ducati motorcycle.

After the two drivers transitioned from I-5 to eastbound State Route 54, just passed National City Boulevard, Jackson hit the rider from behind, then proceeded to run-over him, Highway Patrol officers stated.

Zach Buob Photo credit: Amanda Cramer

Zach Buob
Photo credit: Amanda Cramer

The rider was identified by friends as 39 year-old Zachary Buob, who died about an hour later at the hospital. A Santee resident, Buob was an active duty Chief Petty Officer in the Navy’s special operations group.

Jackson now faces on count of murder in what officers are calling an incident of “road rage” gone awry. She was booked into Las Colinas Detention and Re-entry Facility and is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.

The crash caused a Sig Alert for more than 2 1/2 hours along SR-54 in the middle of a very busy evening commute. Investigators are in the process of tracking down drivers who may have witnessed the incident from start to finish. And have asked to have anyone with further information involving these two vehicles to contact them at (619) 220-5492.

A friend of Buob’s, Kathryn Cramer described the man as a career military man with more than 20 years of service and many tours completed overseas.

Describing the victim, friend Kathryn Cramer said Buob served in the military for more than 20 years and completed many tours overseas.

“He was so strong but his heart was so sweet,” she said in an email. “He was truly one of the ‘good guys’ and my heart is broken. My prayers are with his Mom and Dad and family. He loved them so much.”

Another good friend, Tim James, told NBC 7 that Buob worked as an elite special boat operator, but motorcycles and trucks were his passion, and were only overshadowed by his love for family and friends.

“Zach was energetic, intelligent and a superb leader. He would light up any room he entered with his friendliness and wittiness…a heart of gold,” said James in an email.


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Patrick James
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Patrick James has worked as a firefighter/EMT for several services throughout the years, as well as a custom metal fabricator, certified personal trainer and chef. Growing up in the rural suburbs of Detroit, it was during his frequent trips to Northern Michigan where he learned of his love for hunting and fishing. Spending several of his adult years in upstate South Carolina, his love of extreme sports took root in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains as he learned to rock climb and kayak. "Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and vanish into air." ~ John Quincy Adams