Justin Jackson to stand trial in death of Limerick jogger, Merinda Thompson

Teen texting, under influence of marijuana at time of crash, officials say

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Published: Apr 22 2013 11:00:55 AM EDT   Updated On: Apr 22 2013 05:56:09 PM EDT
Justin Jackson and Merinda Thompson
LIMERICK TWP., Pa. -

A teenager will stand trial in the death of a jogger he allegedly struck with his car while texting and being under the influence of marijuana.

Justin Jackson waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Montgomery County on Monday.

The 18-year-old Pottstown man was then ordered to stand trial on homicide by vehicle and driving under the influence charges in the death of Merinda Thompson.

Thompson, 40, was struck and killed while jogging along North Lewis Road in Limerick Township on March 4, said officials, who noted that Jackson was under the influence of marijuana and texting when he lost control of his car.

A subsequent search of Jackson's car turned up marijuana and a marijuana pipe, and blood tests showed marijuana in his system, officials said.

Jackson's lawyer said his client has been in grief counseling since the accident happened.