Woman Dead After Boyfriend Cuts Her Brake Lines to Make a Crack Pipe
PENNSYLVANIA — August 30, 2018
According to the Pennsylvania State Police, a 38-year-old woman Tammy A. Fox, who has five kids, died after her boyfriend cut her car's brake lines in order to make a crack pipe.
She was driving her black Hyundai Sonata about 10 a.m. Aug. 22 west on Pine Street in Scranton when "her vehicle suddenly began to accelerate." Then the car crossed through the intersection of Pine Street and North Washington Avenue where it "violently struck a tree," according to police.
Fox died of her injuries suffered in the crash.
"A mechanical inspection and search of Fox's vehicle showed that the brake lines had been cut," police said.
John William Jenkins Jr., 39, cut the brake lines "in an attempt to obtain a metal pipe that could be used to smoke crack cocaine," said officer of the state police at Dunmore in Lackawanna County.
Jenkins told police in an interview he had cut the brake lines the night before while at the couple's home, the release states. Public records show Fox lived on South Ninth Avenue in Scranton, near Steamtown National Historic Site, less than 2 miles from the crash.
Fox was a graduate of Scranton High School and Lackawanna College, according to her obituary.
The man was charged with homicide in Fox's death, and he is being held without the possibility of bail.
He was arraigned Tuesday night on the homicide count and sent to the Lackawanna County prison. A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled Sept. 7.
A gofundme.com fundraising effort is set up to help her family with funeral expenses and care for her five children.
"The woman had five children Fiona, Serenity, Adina, Christopher, and Larry. She leaves behind a family of sisters, nieces, and nephews who loved her beyond words," the gofundme.com statement says.
The problem of drug addiction in the United States remains at a very high level. People are now ready to go to great lengths to get just one more drug dose. This might involving abusing their animals, their loved ones, or children. If the problem is not addressed in a serious way, we will see see more and more such incidents.