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Hearing for accused road rage killer

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CHULA VISTA (CNS) - A woman accused of running down a motorcyclist with her car during a fit of road rage on a South Bay freeway was within "inches" of the biker's back wheel moments before the accident, a witness testified Thursday. 
   
William Touch testified as a preliminary hearing got underway for Darla Renee Jackson, charged with murder in the May 28 death of Zachary Buob, a U.S. 
Navy chief petty officer in special operations. Touch testified that he first spotted Jackson's Nissan Altima and Buob's red Ducati motorcycle after 5 p.m. on May 28 as he and his roommate drove onto northbound Interstate 5 near Imperial Beach.
   
The witness said Jackson's Altima came speeding up from behind his car, and "it didn't look like she was going to slow down." Touch said the Altima blew past the motorcycle, coming "pretty close," causing the rider to shake his head. 

According to Touch,  the motorcycle caught up with the Altima and made a "what's up" hand gesture, but the Altima sped away. The witness said the motorcycle caught up again with the Altima, kicking the passenger door.
   
Moments later, Jackson, 25, swerved her car to the left then the right, causing the motorcyclist to "flinch," Touch testified.
   
"We were shocked when we saw that," the witness testified.
   
Touch said his passenger pulled out her cell phone and started recording the incident as the Altima and the motorcyclist headed onto eastbound state Route 54. The witness said the Altima and the motorcycle were "inches apart" as they transitioned onto the eastbound highway.
   
Near Sweetwater Road, Jackson allegedly rammed the motorcycle from behind and then ran over the 39-year-old victim, prosecutor Laura Evans said.
   
Paramedics took Buob to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The reason for the roadway dispute was unclear.
   
At Jackson's arraignment, defense attorney Stephen Cline said the defendant told him that Buob sped by her on his motorcycle, got mad about something, kicked her car, and she chased after him and they collided when they ran into traffic.
   
The preliminary hearing will resume tomorrow. At its conclusion, Judge Ana Espana will determine if enough evidence was presented for Jackson to stand trial.

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