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North Tonawanda man charged with DWI was convicted in fatal 2004 crash

A North Tonawanda man who faces drunken driving charges after flipping a stolen pickup Tuesday afternoon in the City of Tonawanda was drunk in 2004 when he caused a head-on crash that killed an 18-year-old woman.

Jason D. Jakubec, 34, of Washington Avenue, flipped the truck three times on East Niagara Street shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday, City of Tonawanda police said.

Witnesses told police they saw the pickup traveling at a high speed before the crash. Jakubec refused to submit to a breath test.

He was taken to Erie County Medical Center after suffering minor injuries in the crash and was kept at the hospital overnight, police said.

Jakubec served 2½ years in state prison for causing the April 14, 2004, crash that killed Christina M. Jones, 18, of Lockport, and caused severe brain injuries to Mary Sears, of Burt, both passengers in the other car.

His blood alcohol content was measured at 0.24 percent after his car crossed the center line on Ridge Road in Lewiston and collided head-on with a car driven by Kelly S. Chellino, who was also convicted of drunken driving in the crash.

Jakubec pleaded guilty in that case to criminally negligent homicide, second-degree vehicular assault and misdemeanor driving while intoxicated.

In Tuesday’s crash, Jakubec was charged with reckless driving, driving a stolen vehicle and four traffic violations. The pickup was reported stolen by a family member in North Tonawanda, according to investigators. He is due back in Tonawanda City Court Aug. 9.

Jakubec also had two outstanding arrest warrants from of the Town of Tonawanda, police said.

The Buffalo News reported in December 2004 that Jakubec expressed remorse at his sentencing, telling the fathers of Jones and Sears, “I take 100 percent responsibility. Mr. Jones, Mr. Sears, I’m sorry.”


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