On November 10, 2019, only hours before Veterans Day, a proud Marine was struck in front of his Norristown, Pennsylvania, home by a drunk driver. That very proud Marine was 67-year-old Samuel W. Jackson Jr.
He was hit as he exited his vehicle by a Toyota Scion, being driven by Nemias Perez Severiano, an illegal alien from Mexico.
Not only was Jackson hit by Severiano, but the illegal alien dragged the veteran under his car for at least 50 feet, according to investigators. The Mexican national then quickly fled the scene, leaving Jackson’s body lying in the cold street.
The Marine Times reported:
Surveillance footage from the area, along with debris that matched the Toyota Scion allegedly being driven by Severiano, painted a gruesome picture of Jackson’s final moments.
Jackson was subsequently transported to Mercy Suburban Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Hours after Jackson’s body was taken away, a tow truck came to remove the veteran’s car, a Marine Corps sticker adorning its bumper.
Jackson’s slippers and glasses remained strewn across the street.
When police caught up to Severiano, the illegal alien admitted that he had consumed seven or eight beers in a restaurant and was “a little drunk” before the fatal crash.
Severiano was charged with accidents involving death or personal injury, accidents involving damage to attended vehicle or property, reckless driving and other offenses. He was booked into the Montgomery County Correctional Center on an ICE detainer.
Jackson’s sister, Peggy Jackson told ABC 6 News:
The fact that it’s Veterans Day, and he loved the Marines, oh my God. To be killed like that (sigh). She continued, he didn’t have the courage to back up and get out of his car to at least look at my brother and say, ‘Are you ok? Are you breathing, like I’m gonna get you help,’ or call 911.
VFW Post 1074, in nearby Conshohocken, turned to social media, asking for a uniform for Jackson, in which he could be buried. Responses came in from all over the country, and a full set of dress blues was provided for their brother Marine.
Jackson who served with the Marines in Vietnam in 1970 through 1971, achieved the rank of Corporal. He worked for many years for The Altemose Construction Company as a supervisor, before retiring.
Cpl. Jackson was laid to rest on November 16, at Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Newtown, Pennsylvania. Inside the casket was placed a jar of black sand from Iwo Jima.
Jackson leaves behind a large group of deeply grieving family and friends, who are also deeply proud of this brother, nephew, uncle, cousin, friend and Marine.
Jackson’s untimely death is yet another example of the human cost of illegal immigration…Our hearts go out to all who knew him.