A mother of five was killed in a car crash after her boyfriend slashed her brake lines to fashion a crack pipe, Pennsylvania authorities said.
Tammy Fox, 38, died after she slammed her car into a tree in her hometown of Scranton, according to the state police. John Jenkins, 39, cut the black Hyundai Sonata's brake lines "in an attempt to obtain a metal pipe that could be used to smoke crack cocaine," Trooper Bob Urban of the Pennsylvania State Police said in a statement Wednesday.
The crash occurred Aug. 22, Urban said, at about 10 a.m. as Fox drove down Pine Street. "Her vehicle began to accelerate" and "violently struck a tree," the statement said.
Jenkins told investigators he cut the lines the night before, while he and Fox were at home, to make a crack pipe, Urban said.
He has been charged in her killing and is being held without bail at the Lackawanna County Correctional Facility without bail, according to the statement.
An inspection of Fox's car, after she slammed into the tree, showed the vehicle's brake lines had been severed, Urban said.
"This vehicle was actually tampered with and that's what caused the death in this crash,” Urban told WNEP-TV.
Jenkins told police Fox was "driving him crazy" while looking for a pipe to smoke crack, according to court papers, the station said. Jenkins said he had no knowledge of cars and just cut something he thought would make a good pipe.