Martinez, California – On Friday, the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office said that a coroner’s jury determined that Naya Jackson, who was 29 years old and from Oakland, died as the result of an accident.
After hearing the testimonies of the witnesses who were summoned by the hearing officer, Laura Pagey, the coroner’s jury reached its verdict on Friday about the inquest.
Jackson was driving in Moraga on June 25 when her vehicle went through a guardrail on Glorietta Boulevard, causing her death. At around 10:10 in the morning on that day, a police officer reportedly saw Jackson commit a traffic violation at the intersection of Moraga Way and St. Andrews Drive.
A pursuit of Jackson began, and she fled in the direction of Orinda. Shortly before the collision, the officer, according to the authorities, decided to end the chase for safety reasons. Jackson died in the crash, while the passenger in the vehicle was transported to a hospital for treatment of injuries.
In the event of a deadly occurrence involving members of the law enforcement agencies, Sheriff-Coroner David Livingston convenes a coroner’s inquest. It is a public hearing in which a jury makes a decision on the circumstances under which a person passed away. When making a decision, the members of the jury have the choice of selecting one of the following four reasons: suicide, natural causes, accident, or death at the hands of another person other than by accident.