TOPEKA (KSNT) – The Topeka Police Department have identified the suspect and victims involved in an early Thursday morning chase that led to a 3-vehicle crash in downtown Topeka.
Police say the suspect, identified as 62-year-old Sherman N. Jenkins was driving a stolen vehicle. At 5:00 a.m. officers attempted to stop Jenkins at NW St. John and Kansas Ave. He initiated a low speed pursuit through north Topeka, crossing south bound over the Kansas Avenue Bridge where tire deflation devices were successfully deployed. Jenkins was then involved in a 3-vehicel injury accident at SW 6th and Topeka Blvd.
The driver and only occupant of the first vehicle struck by the suspect sustained minor injuries and was identified as 28-year-old Danny Williams Jr of Topeka. The driver of the second vehicle struck by the suspect received non-life threatening injuries and was identified as Benjamin Falley, 37, of Topeka, the passenger of this vehicle was identified as Mia Holden, 34, of Topeka. Police say Holden passed away from her injuries she sustained in the accident.
The intersection at 6th & Topeka Blvd was closed for about seven hours as crews cleaned the crash site and officers processed the crime scene.
Jenkins has non-life threatening injuries according to police and was released from the hospital on Friday. He has been booked into the Shawnee County jail for murder in the first degree, fleeing or attempting to elude a police office, 2 counts of aggravated battery, driving with revoked license and other traffic violations.