• Mother of Baker County woman killed in hit-and-run crash believes act was intentional

    By: Beth Rousseau , Action News Jax

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    BAKER COUNTY, Fla. - A local mom is warning other after she says her daughter was killed in an intentional hit-and-run crash.
    Robert Jackson Jr. is charged with second-degree murder.

    He’s accused of hitting Christina Knox and taking off.

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    “She was an outgoing person, a loving person. She was a good-spirited person,” said Lori Royal, a close family friend.


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    Royal said she and Knox’s mother, Renee, were on the phone with the 36-year-old Wednesday night, but something seemed off.

    “She wasn’t in very high spirits like she normally is,” Royal explained.

    According to loved ones, Knox left her boyfriend’s house and was walking along State Road 121, where she wanted to be picked up.

    "Her mother sent a friend to go pick her up and by the time she got there, the ambulance was already there,” Royal said 

    According to Florida Highway Patrol reports, Jackson drove off the road, hit Knox and then drove back to his house.

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    Jackson is charged with murder, as Knox’s family believes he hit her intentionally.

    “She was wanting to come be over here with her mother, to get away from him," Royal said, adding that, "If there was any way possible she could help you, she would help you.”

    On Thursday, Knox’s mother was too upset to share memories. 

    She said she wanted what happened to her daughter to be a warning for others.

    “No matter what you go through in your life, if it is not love ladies, get out of it,” she said.

    Duval County court records show Jackson pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in 2011 and was sentenced to 4 years in prison.

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