JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The man who police say drove his van into a home, killing a teen as she slept, is now off the roads and in jail.
Ismet Sijamhodzic is charged with vehicular homicide. JaNay Jackson was asleep in her Southside home when Sijamhodzic allegedly crashed through, killing her.
Police say he had marijuana and Xanax in his system when he ran a stop sign and crashed through Jackson's bedroom. Despite a history of dangerous driving, Sijamhodzic had a valid driver's license.
Since 1996, he has been arrested or cited 14 times, 11 of those are related to driving. Of those, six are for speeding and two are for careless and unsafe driving. But even though most people would think this kind of a driving record would result in a suspended license, he was still legally allowed to drive the night 17-year-old JaNay Jackson was killed.
Action News asks, "At what point should someone's license be taken away?" Defense Attorney Randy Reep says, "There's statutory schemes for that. There's points for very poor driving. That's not the case here. We looked together and I didn't see a ticket since 2007."
According to Florida state law, if a driver exceeds more than 12 points a year, his or her license will likely be suspended. But Reep says there's another reason drivers can keep their license. "If they're driving while their license has been suspended or revoked they don't have insurance. If they don't have insurance when they are involved in an accident, there's a very individualized victim that may not have adequate recovery," he says.
Action News knocked on Sijamhodzic's door in west Jacksonville hoping to get answers about his extensive history of bad driving habits. However, there was no answer.
So now, JaNay Jackson's family has to sit and wait for justice to unfold.
Sijamhodzic is being held in the Duval County Jail on $250,000 bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for October 8.