Drunk driver pleads guilty to man­slaugh­ter

April 2015 in­ci­dent killed Nan­je­moy fire­fighter

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­news.com

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.”

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