Father facing charges for wreck that killed son, 4

Published: Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 7:11 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO — A Texan is being held on $250,000 bond in Chicago after investigators say he didn't notice his son had been thrown through a car's back window during a wreck on a busy interstate.

The Dec. 22 crash on the Dan Ryan Expressway killed the 4-year-old from League City, who died from head trauma.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports prosecutors say 46-year-old Franklin L. Jackson didn't notice the boy was missing until he pulled into a gas station to examine the vehicle's damage.

The preschooler wasn't wearing a seatbelt. He was found on an embankment.

Three other children — all under 2 — weren't injured.

Jackson is charged with reckless homicide and aggravated driving under the influence. His attorney called the crash "a terrible tragedy" during a court appearance Wednesday.

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