Tammy Fox was driving alongside Pine Road, a quiet tree-lined highway in Scranton, Pennsylvania, when out of the blue her automotive began selecting up pace. Zipping by vehicles parked alongside the facet of the road, Fox pumped the brakes of her black Hyundai Sonata because it hurtled towards an intersection.
Accelerating at about 60 mph, it plowed into parked vehicles and hit a tree, in response to Pennsylvania State Police and the Scranton Instances-Tribune. A witness noticed brake lights flash, however the automotive nonetheless did not decelerate, in response to the Instances-Tribune.
Fox, a 38-year-old mom of 5, died from “severe accidents sustained within the crash,” police stated. Organizers of a GoFundMe web page elevating cash for her funeral bills stated Fox was killed “in a tragic automotive accident” on Aug. 22.
However on Tuesday, her boyfriend, John William Jenkins, who was described as Fox’s “soulmate” in her obituary, was arrested and charged with felony murder.
“Ninety-nine % of the time it is primarily operator error,” Pennsylvania state trooper Bob City informed WNEP. However a mechanical inspection of the automotive stated in any other case.
After taking a better take a look at the automotive, investigators found its brake strains, which transmit hydraulic strain to sluggish a automotive, had been lower, the discharge stated.
Authorities say Jenkins, 39, admitted to chopping the metal-coated brake strains on Fox’s automotive the evening earlier than the crash. His motive: Jenkins had allegedly been making an attempt to get a steel pipe that could possibly be used to smoke crack cocaine.
By early Wednesday morning, the identify of Fox’s fundraising web page had been modified to “Justice for Tammy.”
“I simply by no means purchased that it was simply an accident,” Lisa Vargas, Fox’s longtime pal, informed WNEP.
Fox and Jenkins have been each at residence final week Tuesday evening, WNEP reported, citing a felony grievance. Jenkins informed police Fox was “driving him loopy” as a result of she wished a pipe to smoke crack. Since he did not need to go to a retailer to purchase a pipe, Jenkins allegedly stated he obtained underneath Fox’s automotive and began “hacking away” on the components to search out one thing for his girlfriend to make use of, in response to the Related Press.
Jenkins allegedly stated he “lower something from beneath the automobile that could possibly be used to smoke crack,” noting that he didn’t know something about vehicles, WNEP reported.
Upon investigating Fox’s automotive after the crash, police discovered that three brake strains had been severed and a fourth was crimped, in response to the Instances-Tribune.
Within the days following Jenkins’ admission, Fox’s family members aren’t shopping for his crack pipe story.
“I imply, cannot you discover one thing else round your home to smoke crack in?” one pal informed WNEP. “Aluminum foil? One thing else. I am fairly positive in case you’re a profession crackhead yow will discover one thing else moreover a brake line to smoke crack in.”
Grace Onderdonk, one in every of Fox’s sisters, informed the Instances-Tribune that Fox had been sober for no less than six months and sometimes spoke at conferences. Stephanie Fox, one other one in every of Tammy Fox’s sisters, stated her sister had been concerned in serving to girls with their restoration, in response to the Instances-Tribune.
“She mentored folks and took them into her residence,” Stephanie Fox stated. “She could be the primary one to assist a homeless particular person if she noticed them on the road . . . That was the form of particular person she was.”
Tammy Fox was well-known within the space as one of many key witnesses in a high-profile case towards a number of former Lackawanna County corrections officers accused of sexually abusing feminine inmates, in response to native media.
In textual content messages despatched from Fox to Onderdonk lower than 24 hours earlier than the accident, Fox gave the impression to be upset with Jenkins, the Instances-Tribune reported. “I have to get out of this home,” Fox wrote in a single message.
Following Fox’s dying, Jenkins reportedly started to behave violently, threatening to kill his sister and himself, in response to the Instances-Tribune.
Native media reported, citing a felony grievance, that Jenkins allegedly informed police he had “killed the sufferer and to arrest him now.”
Gary Yates, who has recognized Jenkins for years, informed the Instances-Tribune he doesn’t consider Fox’s brake strains have been lower on function.
“He wasn’t in any way of thinking to know what was happening,” stated Yates, who noticed Jenkins the day earlier than Fox died. “He was actually dangerous. He could not stroll straight or mild a cigarette.”
Based on court docket data, Jenkins was denied bail and is being held at Lackawanna County Correctional Facility. He has not requested for a public defender and no lawyer is listed. A preliminary listening to is scheduled for Sept. 7.
On Pine Road, one tree now stands out from the others. It is adorned with colourful balloons that bob gently within the wind and at its base rests a formidable association of crimson roses. The tree is now a memorial for Fox, adorned with crimson roses, her favourite flower.
“Tammy was a free spirit who lived life to the fullest and gave selflessly to these round her,” Fox’s obituary reads. “She is gone too quickly, however made the world a greater place.”