- The Washington Times - Friday, March 25, 2011

A 35-year-old District man was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison for crashing head-on into a sedan on Alabama Avenue, killing a mother of four and injuring her children, while under the influence of PCP last year, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Ajene Jones had pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and two counts of aggravated assault for the April 19 incident that killed 37-year-old Mary Wimbush near the intersection with 36th Place.

D.C. Superior Court Judge Thomas J. Motley ordered consecutive sentences for Mr. Jones on each of the counts.

Witnesses told police that Mr. Jones’ Dodge Ram 1500 conversion van had been on the wrong side of the road for a while before striking Ms. Wimbush’s Toyota Camry shortly before 7 p.m., pushing it into a utility pole and onto the sidewalk, according to U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr.

Mr. Jones tested positive for PCP use and did not have a valid license at the time of the crash, the attorney said. The investigation showed he was traveling at least 52 mph in the 25 mph zone.

The attorney said it took first responders more than 45 minutes to extricate Ms. Wimbush, who was crushed under the dashboard. Her children, ages 2, 4, 7 and 10, were taken to the hospital for treatment of broken bones, lacerations and cuts.