Posted: Nov 11, 2011 9:53 PM by Maddie Garrett
Updated: Nov 12, 2011 2:11 PM
A family is mourning the loss of their own veteran, not on the battlefield, but right here at home. Crowley Police said retired Navy Airman Aaron Hamilton was the victim of a drunk driver early Friday morning.
Investigators said Joshua Jackson was that driver, who is now charged with his fourth DWI. Jackson led Rayne Police on a high speed chase through Rayne before crashing into Hamilton's car, killing him and injuring his passenger.
Hamilton served in the US Navy for 15 years before moving back home to Vermilion Parish.
"He wanted to serve his country, he wanted to try to make a difference," said his wife, Lynn Hamilton.
Lynn and Aaron Hamilton were high school sweet hearts in Crowley. They got married while Aaron was in the Navy and traveled for several years while he served, raising five children along the way.
"He looks like this big grizzly bear, but when you talk to him, he was a big teddy bear. He had a heart, he would give you the shirt off his back," said Hamilton.
But around midnight this Veteran's Day, a day Aaron should have been honored, police said he was killed by a drunk driver.
"He walks, no injuries. My husband's dead. And I'm alone to take care of five children," said Hamilton.
Police said Jackson rear-ended Hamilton on Highway 111 near Odd Fellow Road. But Rayne Police had already been in pursuit of Jackson earlier that night, but said they backed off that pursuit because it was too dangerous to the public.
"When they came and told me, the Sheriff's Office, I didn't cry. I was so angry because they told me it was a pursuit and that he got hit in the process of the guy running," said Hamilton.
Hamilton said they were told the driver was going over a hundred miles an hour. Jackson is now charged with his fourth DWI offense.
"How can this happen? This guy is one two and three... Take people like that off the streets," said Hamilton.
Hamilton said her family and friends give them strength now, but it's her children and their future that trouble her most, especially their youngest three-year-old boy.
"He is my husband made over. So I'm just hoping in life with this accident that he grows up to be a man like his father, I hope that I can do that on my own," she said.
Jackson is also charged with Reckless Operation, Vehicular Homicide and Vehicular Negligent Injury. He remains in the Acadia Parish Jail.
The funeral services are as follows:
Duhons funeral Home in Crowley
Sunday viewing of the body is at 11am to all
Sunday Rosary at 7pm
Monday funerall services at 2pm
The burial sight is in Abshire Cemetary