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Travis Jackson, Founder of Windian Records, Killed in Collision

Travis Jackson lived in Alexandria's Parkfairfax neighborhood. He was 34.

Travis Jackson, Founder of Windian Records, Killed in Collision

Travis Jackson, founder of D.C.’s Windian Records and a resident of Alexandria’s Parkfairfax neighborhood, was killed Wednesday night in a traffic accident. He was 34.

At approximately 11:25 p.m., Jackson was working construction on Suitland Parkway in southeast Washington when a woman driving a 2002 BMW X5 lost control and struck a parked vehicle with an attached trailer, according to Georgetown Patch

The trailer rotated and hit Jackson. He was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, where he was pronounced dead.

The driver was brought to a district hospital where she received treatment before being released, police said.  

An investigation is ongoing. 

Jackson was drummer for the Points, a band known for its fierce live performances. He later founded label Windian, which released recordings from local punk bands.  

According to Washingtonian:

“As a record producer, Jackson specialized in raucous garage rock. New releases from Windian, which he started in 2009 after the Points stopped playing regularly, were instantly recognizable from their boisterous Facebook posts and tweets, usually written in all caps, and their ear-splitting guitar licks. Windian’s roster included some of the Washington area’s nosiest, grimiest bands such as Title Tracks and the Shirks, and re-releases of punk relics from all over, including Syracuse, New York’s the Penetrators.”

Jackson is survived by his wife, Ashley, and 1-year-old son, Lincoln. Ashley Jackson is a teacher at Jefferson-Houston School and a graduate of T.C. Williams High School.

Eric Brady, a co-owner of Windian Records with Jackson, has set up a memorial fund to directly assist Jackson’s family.

“Many of you know Travis from his years as the drummer in the Points, or maybe he helped book your band in DC as he often did, in return for nothing but the friends it created,” reads a message on the memorial fundraising page. “Most of you have probably ordered a record or three from Windian Records, the label that he ran almost single-handedly for three years that earned accolades and fought to keep DC in the spotlight. … There has been an awesome outpouring of support from friends and fans alike, and the DC media has offering excellent support as well. That is why Windian Records is setting up this fund while Travis' passing is fresh in everyone's memory.”

Brady told Washingtonian a tribute show is in the works.

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