The rising crack epidemic took a sad turn when a Pennsylvania mother-of-5 died in a car crash after her boyfriend cut her brake line to make a crude crack pipe.
Tammy Fox, 38, of Scranton, died on impact after her car crashed “violently” into a tree when her brakes failed as she approached an intersection.
Investigators say Fox’s car flew through the intersection at a high rate of speed and she lost control of her car.
The Pennsylvania State Police determined her car’s brake lines had been intentionally cut prior to the accident.
Her boyfriend, John William Jenkins, 39, admitted cutting the brake lines to fashion a crude metal crack pipe to smoke crack cocaine, according to documents obtained by PEOPLE.
Jenkins said he and Fox smoked crack together. He told investigators Fox was “driving him crazy” because she was looking for a crack pipe to smoke crack in. He said he began “hacking away” under her car.
Jenkins, who had some car mechanic experience, was charged with criminal homicide. He is currently being held without bond in the Lackawanna County jail.