SMITH TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Two mothers were in tears over the deaths of their young sons Tuesday while talking with Channel 11’s Cara Sapida about how they say the justice system has failed them.
Lisa Gregg and Kelly Bowland’s sons -- Dillon and Joe -- were best friends and inseparable. They did everything together until the day they died, when they were killed in a car crash last July on Joffre Bulger Road in Washington County.
Police arrested the driver, Jordan Jacobson, and charged him with speeding and driving under the influence.
On Tuesday, Channel 11 News learned that the most serious homicide by vehicle DUI charges were dropped.
Prosecutors dropped the charges because they said Jacobson was not drunk, had no alcohol in his system, and they can’t prove if there were any drugs because police didn’t request a legal blood draw that night.
The warrant asked for the medical draw results, including alcohol and toxicology, but does not include drug levels. Without that information, prosecutors can’t prove what amount of drugs were in a suspect’s system before the crash.
Jacobson’s defense attorney Thomas Will said he believes the correct charges were filed, and he wants people to know his client has experienced a loss, as well.
“Everybody needs to know he’s grieving, too. He’s lost two very close friends,” Will said.