Suspect in Thursday police chase, fatal crash charged

Sherman N. Jenkins

TOPEKA (KSNT) – A Jefferson County man involved in a police chase Thursday morning that ended in a 3-vehicle crash, killing a 34-year-old woman, was charged and booked into jail Friday.

The Topeka Police Department says 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-vehicle 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.

Jenkins was charged with 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.

Photo of Mia Holden, courtesy of Facebook
Photo of Mia Holden, courtesy of Facebook

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