On August 22, Pennsylvania State Police released a statement revealing that a 38-year-old mom of five died from her injuries after her vehicle careened into a tree.

According to the statement, Tammy Fox’s vehicle accelerated quickly as she drove down the road. Unable to stop, her black Hyundai Sonata blew through an intersection before slamming into the tree.


A mechanical inspection revealed that the brake lines in Fox’s car had been severed.

When Fox’s boyfriend, 39-year-old John William Jenkins, was interrogated following her death, investigators learned that he was the one who cut Fox’s brake line while her car was parked at their residence.

According to People:

Jenkins “admitted that on the evening prior to the crash he cut the victim’s brake lines while at their residence in an attempt to obtain a metal pipe that could be used to smoke crack cocaine.”

Jenkins said that Fox was looking for a pipe with which to smoke crack and she was “driving him crazy.” Jenkins added that he didn’t want to go to the store, so he decided to use the brake line from Fox’s vehicle.

Following his confession, Jenkins was arrested and charged with criminal homicide. He remains in jail without bond. 

In a GoFundMe set up by a friend of Fox’s, Elle Massetti described the mom of five as “a wonderful mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend” and someone who “had the ability to bring light to dark times and gave selflessly to those around her”:

Although a confession was made, the fight has just begun. We cannot begin to express our gratitude for all that have gathered to help Tammy’s family in their time of need. Please keep sharing.

Jenkins is scheduled to appear in court on September 7.

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