Former female boxing champ dies after falls off car hood, accidentally run over by another car


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CLEVELAND — A former national boxing champion died after she jumped onto the hood of a car that was driving toward her, fell off and then was accidentally run over by a different vehicle, Cleveland police said.

Cashmere Jackson, 26, died after what appeared to be an altercation Wednesday at a gas station on Cleveland's east side. Jackson exited the car she was riding in after another car bumped it. When the second car drove toward Jackson, she jumped onto the hood, police said.

Police said the driver of the second car pulled onto a busy street with Jackson on the hood, and that she fell off just before the vehicle collided with a car stopped at a traffic light. Jackson was then accidentally run over by another vehicle.

The 23-year-old driver of the second car was arrested.

Jackson was a star boxer and was once thought to be a potential Olympian after women's boxing was added to the 2012 Summer Games in London. She won the national light welterweight titles in 2010 and 2011 and a bronze medal in 2010 at the world boxing championships.

She last fought for Team USA in 2012, losing in the light welterweight finals to Mikaela Mayer, said Julie Goldsticker, a spokeswoman for Team USA women's boxing.

Jackson's boxing career, however, was derailed by criminal charges. She pleaded guilty to a robbery charge in May 2012 and spent the next two years in an Ohio prison.

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