Drunk driver pleads guilty to manslaughter
April 2015 incident killed Nanjemoy firefighter
The drunk driver who crashed into the car of Nanjemoy volunteer firefighter Autumn Marie Jenkins, 20, as she left the fire station last year pled guilty to negligent manslaughter on Friday in Charles
County Circuit Court.
Darren Loyce Windsor, 24, of Indian Head now awaits a pending sentencing date where he’ll face up to 10 years in prison.
On April 28, 2015, Jenkins was driving a Kia Soul south on Route 425 near Tim’s Place in the late evening when Windsor, driving his Chevrolet Silverado, crossed the center line and crashed into Jenkins’ car.
She was pronounced dead on the scene.
“Any time a volunteer goes down, whether it’s from sickness or a sudden death, we will always try to console the department that lost the person,” Charles County Volunteer Fire and EMS spokesman Bill Smith said at a May 4 remembrance event for Jenkins at the Nanjemoy Volunteer Fire Department hall. “Volunteerism in the fire service is a brotherhood and sisterhood. It’s a very unique approach.”
The Charles County Volunteer Firemen’s Association awarded Jenkins with the Firemen’s Association Medal by presenting the medal to her family at the event. The award recognized Jenkins’ dedication to the Nanjemoy fire department.
On July 25, the La Plata Police Department conducted a DUI checkpoint on Route 6 in La Plata in Jenkins’ memory. The department reported in July that 1,652 vehicles went through the checkpoint. One person was arrested for driving while intoxicated while another person was arrested for possessing narcotics.
La Plata Police Chief Carl Schinner told the Maryland Independent how meaningful this particular checkpoint was.
“All DUI checkpoints are important, but when you dedicate the checkpoint to a young woman who lost her life to an impaired driver, it takes on a new meaning for all those involved in the enforcement action,” Schinner wrote in a statement.
“Not only is the life of the victim changed forever, but also the lives of the victim’s family and friends, as well as the lives of the impaired driver’s family and friends,” he continued. “Then, there is the community that is left asking how could such a preventable tragedy occur.”