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Hero Down: Riverside County Cpl. Daniel Jacks And Daughter Killed In Crash By Alleged Drunk Driver

Hemet, CA – Riverside County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD) Corporal Daniel Jacks died on Nov. 13 after an alleged drunk driver crashed into his vehicle head-on.

The 45-year-old corporal’s 19-year-old daughter, Hannah Jacks, was also killed in the collision.

The incident occurred at approximately 9 p.m. on Nov. 13, as off-duty Cpl. Jacks and his daughter were driving home from Hannah’s dance performance at Disneyland, KTTV reported.

They were traveling eastbound on Gillman Springs Road in a Honda Insight when 47-year-old Scott Bales crossed over the divided highway in his Chevrolet Silverado and slammed into them head-on, according to the Desert Sun.

Cpl. Jacks and his daughter were both pronounced dead at the scene.

Bales, who was allegedly under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash, suffered major injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment, The Sacramento Bee reported.

His 45-year-old male passenger was also severely injured in the collision and was transported to the hospital, according to the Desert Sun.

The CHP said Bales has since been booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center on two counts of homicide, driving under the influence, and causing injury to his passenger, The Sacramento Bee reported.

Bales already racked up three misdemeanor drunk-driving convictions in Riverside County in 2008, 2014, and 2020, according to the Desert Sun.

He was previously also convicted of a felony driving under the influence charge in Orange County, The Sacramento Bee reported.

Bales has not had a valid driver’s license since 2005, according to the East Bay Times.

He has been convicted of driving without a license on at least three occasions.

Hannah Jacks was a dance instructor at The Dancers’ Studio in Hamet, The Sacramento Bee reported.

“She was very kind and nice to us,” one of her students told KTTV.

Her friend described her as being “the sweetest, kindest, most loving soul you would have ever met,” The Sacramento Bee reported.

“She was perfect in everything and I mean EVERYTHING she did. Her singing, her dancing, her personality,” the friend said. “My heart aches knowing I was going to see her in a few short weeks to see her dancing in the Disneyland Christmas parade.”

Cpl. Jacks joined the RCSD in 2008, the Desert Sun reported.

After graduating from the sheriff’s academy, he was assigned as a corrections deputy at the John J. Benoit Detention Center in Indio.

Cpl. Jacks later spent a brief stint at the Palm Desert Station before returning to the facility in Indio, the Desert Sun reported.

He was promoted to the rank of correctional corporal in 2022 and was working in a supervisory role within the jail at the time of his death.

Cpl. Jacks leaves behind his wife, Denay, and his 16-year-old son, Brent, according to The Sacramento Bee.

He is also survived by his father, Daniel Sr., and his brothers, Tommy and Anthony.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Corporal Daniel Jacks, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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