Southington man charged with negligent homicide in connection with fiery, multi-car crash on I-84 in 2022

A Southington man was arrested and charged with negligent homicide on Tuesday after a fiery multi-car crash on Interstate 84 in Farmington in 2022 that killed a man and a woman, according to the Connecticut State Police.

Sean Jackson, 57, of Southington was arrested on an active warrant after he turned himself in to state police at Troop H in Hartford around 6 p.m. on Tuesday, state police said. He was charged with two counts of negligent homicide, speeding, failure to maintain proper lane, failure to renew his registration and operating a motor vehicle without the minimum insurance.

Charges stem from a crash involving four cars on Interstate 84 between Exits 37 and 38 in Farmington on Jan. 11, 2022. Five of the seven people involved in the crash reported injuries, two of which were fatal, according to the arrest warrant.

Witnesses reported that Jackson’s Ford F-150 was traveling in the left lane of the eastbound portion of I-84 when it sideswiped a Chrysler PT Cruiser driven by a 38-year-old Middletown woman. The truck then veered to the left, crossed over the snow-covered center grassy median and went airborne before striking a Toyota Camry in the I-84 West center lane. The truck then landed on its roof on the right shoulder and caught fire. The Toyota was forced into a Jeep Compass in the center lane and the Jeep rolled over on the right side of the highway, the warrant said.

The driver of the Toyota, identified as Nia McDougald, 21, of Windsor, was seriously injured in the crash and later pronounced dead at Hartford Hospital on the day of the crash. A passenger in the Toyota, 23-year-old Chancellor Ross of Hartford, was seriously injured in the crash and died at Saint Francis on Jan. 15 from injuries sustained in the crash, the warrant said.

The Chief Medical Examiner’s Office declared the cause of McDougald’s death to be “blunt impact injury of torso and extremities” and the manner of death as a motor vehicle collision. Ross’ death was ruled “complications of blunt force trauma of head, torso, and right lower extremity” and the manner of death was a motor vehicle collision, the warrant said.

Jackson and his passenger, Jason Keyes, 49, of Coventry, were seriously injured in the crash and transported to Hartford Hospital. Jackson was intubated on a breathing tube for days following the crash. Keyes, who said he believes he was ejected from the pickup truck, suffered multiple broken bones but was in stable condition following the crash.

The driver of the Jeep, identified as 38-year-old Jason Didomenico, suffered minor injuries in the crash, the warrant said.

Jackson’s truck was determined to be going anywhere from 77 to 85 mph in a 65 mph speed limit zone before the crash. Medical records from the hospital show that he was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the crash.

Jackson was held in lieu of a $50,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Hartford Superior Court on Feb. 3.