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Family of driver allegedly high on heroin that struck family speaks out

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Jeremy Jamison, 23, of Florissant, is charged with two counts of second-degree assault. (KMOV-TV) Jeremy Jamison, 23, of Florissant, is charged with two counts of second-degree assault. (KMOV-TV)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The family of the man that is accused of allegedly being high on heroin and hitting a family is speaking out.

The father and little boy in the accident were released from the hospital on Tuesday, while the mother is still in the hospital recovering. News 4 spoke with the family of Jeremy Jamison, 23, the suspect.

Jamison had to be revived with narcan after overdosing on a combination of heroin and fentanyl. The family says Jamison made choices. He ingested a drug and got behind the wheel of his car.

They make no excuses for that.

But they believe it's important the community knows how he got to that point in his life. They say it is one more example of the devastation that heroin and opiate based pain killers are having in the St. Louis area.

“We are not condoning or making excuses for Jeremy or his actions,” Robert Missey, Jamison’s cousin, said. “We know they're wrong. And he knows he's wrong and he did wrong.”

Jamison graduated from McClure North in 2011 and went straight into the military for a three-year stint. He was in Afghanistan and his family says he suffered from back and knee pain. They say he's also been dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder.

He'd been taking Percocet for the pain, but when he could no longer get a prescription he began to self-medicate.

“He realized that this kind of helps his pain, but helps his pain mentally and that's why he continued to self-medicate to not feel those things and remember those things as much from his time over there,” Missey said.

Missey also served in the military, doing two tours of duty in Iraq. He says his cousin was reluctant to talk about his time in the army.

The family says Jamison had gone to a drug dealer wanting to buy Percocet.  They say she didn't have any, but sold him a combination of fentanyl and heroin.

It was a deadly mix. EMT's had to revive him on the scene Tuesday afternoon with narcan.

The family acknowledges Jamison made choices and now must live with the consequences.  

“But all I can say to that is even the most kind-hearted best person you can think of can lose their way from time to time and especially when they're battling demons that very few people can fathom,” Missey said. “He's a good kid with a big heart who lost his way.”

Jamison has been taking classes and studying to be an electrician.  He was charged with two-counts of second-degree assault.

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