TRAGIC: Mother of five killed in car crash after boyfriend cut brake lines to make crack pipe
Tammy Fox was killed on the morning of August 22 after her car started accelerating and 'violently' crashed into a tree and several cars.
A 38-year-old mother of five from Scranton died in a car accident that was caused after her boyfriend cut her brake lines, say Pennsylvania State Police. The state police at Dunmore in Lackawanna County say that the culprit, one 39-year-old John William Jenkins Jr., committed the deed "in an attempt to obtain a metal pipe that could be used to smoke crack cocaine."
According to Lehigh Valley Live, the victim, Tammy A. Fox was a Jersey City native and was driving her black Hyundai Sonata at around 10 a.m. on August 22 west on Pine Street in Scranton when the vehicle suddenly "began to accelerate." A news release by the police states that the vehicle then crossed through the intersection at Pine Street and North Washington Avenue and "violently struck a tree" and "several parked cars." A witness said Fox was driving between 50-60 mph. She later succumbed to her injuries from the crash.
The authorities revealed a mechanical inspection and search of the car showed that three of the brake lines had been cut. Jenkins later admitted in an interview he had cut the lines the night before while they were together at their home on South Ninth Avenue in Scranton, near Steamtown National Historic Site. He also said that Fox was "driving him crazy" because she was looking for a pipe to smoke crack and that he thought cutting anything under the vehicle would be fine, although he had no knowledge of the working of cars.
A GoFundMe page has been set up in Fox's name to help cover the costs of the funeral. A statement on the page read, "The world changed forever when it lost Tammy Fox - a wonderful mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend - in a tragic car accident. Tammy’s smile will forever live in the hearts of her 5 beautiful children- Fiona, Serenity, Adina, Christopher, and Larry."
It continued, "She leaves behind a family of sisters, nieces, and nephews who loved her beyond words. Tammy had the ability to bring light to dark times and gave selflessly to those around her. She will be greatly missed but will be with us in spirit, joining her mother in Heaven," ending with: "Tammy Fox, you are forever in our hearts."
The page was later updated to "Justice For Tammy" in accordance with the finding that Jenkins was responsible for the fatal car crash. It also raised its goal of donations to $7,500 because her children "will need extra support for school clothes, toiletries, food" and has so far collected $7,240 in a week's time.
Jenkins has been charged with homicide in relation to the death, and the 39-year-old was arraigned this past Tuesday on the count and sent to the Lackawanna County prison. A preliminary hearing in the case has been tentatively scheduled for September 7.