LETTER: Family of Hit-and-Run Victim Looks for Answers

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About two weeks ago, in the early morning hours of December 22, 2012, our brother was killed by a hit and run on San Tomas Expressway in Campbell. His name is Jacksen Dakota Kjeld Madsen and he was 24 years old.

That evening, our family was visited by the officer/detective assigned to the case. The officer was from the CHP, however, it was the Campbell Police Department who was on scene and who wrote up the police report. The officer assured us that he would do everything in his power to find the person who killed my little brother. He said they would contact ALL body shops in the area because broken headlight glass at the scene pointed to a white GMC truck.

After one week of waiting by the phone we hadn’t heard a thing. The officer did not even have the decency to call my mom and update her regarding the slightest detail. A week of sleepless nights wondering ever kind of thing that could have happened and NO call.

Now it has been two weeks, we had a funeral service for my brother, and still nothing. This was a hit and run! Someone who killed our brother is out there and time is ticking away. Our mother (grieving beyond imaginable) called the officer again a few days ago asking if there had been any word from any of the body shops and he had the audacity to tell her he never said they would contact the body shops.

Our father set out on his own investigation and found that not only did ZERO body shops get contacted, but not one officer questioned a single person from "The Spot" in downtown Campbell, which is the last place our brother was seen. The police are telling us it was a hit and run, but who knows if that is even true. They said there were no skid-marks at the crime scene, our mom and dad saw them with our own eyes. Also, if you know you are in search of a white GMC truck, wouldn't you alert body shops to be on the lookout!!????

We just don't understand why the police (the people who are supposed to protect and help us) are being so horrible. They are leaving it upon the grieving family to find out for themselves. I am an educated woman and I KNOW for a fact that justice is not being served to my family and I, and definitely not to my little brother. We will not continue to sit and watch our parents cry relentlessly because they doesn't know what happened. We deserves to know. If anything, they deserve a phone call and an update every few days.

Please, we beg you, as big sisters and daughters wanting peace for their parents, if there is anything you can do to help our family we would be forever grateful. We want to get the word out (news coverage at least!!) about this story so we can try to find who did this.

Also, we haven’t heard one word from Campbell police, the ones who were the first on scene and found my brother dead, and the ones who wrote up the report ... WHY?! We want answers! 

—Brooke and Amber Madsen

sherry mcsweeney January 11, 2013 at 06:46 PM
I am so sorry Amber for your familys loss...i have posted to my facebook and very familiar with that area. I hope your family gets some answers, a conviction and some peace
Jannell Gard January 11, 2013 at 07:45 PM
Sorry for your loss. Loosing a sibling is the worst pain I have ever experienced, and I have twice. May you finally find the answers you are searching for, and may justice be served.
Matthew Paul Darton January 13, 2013 at 03:21 PM
They should be able to find out who the driver was through street cameras.Those things are everywhere.We will be praying for your family and the capture of the assailant. Last year man was killed on Winchester Blvd. in front of Autohaus Los Gatos.Campbell PD caught the driver on video. I did not hear about it for weeks after it's probably all the investigation that has to happen first before they say anything.
Renee January 14, 2013 at 05:28 PM
I live at LaValencia Apartment complex and my unit faces Budd, with a clear view of that intersection. I am usually easily awakened by any tires screeting or honking and was not awakend until well after the incident. I was surprised and saddened to hear what had happened, and saddened more to see the memorial completely removed on Friday. I had grown used to seeing the lit candles, many flowers, balloons and frequest visitors, some who sat for hours in the cold. My heart goes out to his many friends and family. I wish I had seen or heard something useful.
amber madsen January 25, 2013 at 03:03 AM
Hi Renae! By chance, does your appartment complex have video cameras that possibly face the street? Probably not a question for you, but your complex. I can try to call. Possibly he was walking and could have been caught on camera. Thanks!


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