Drunk Driver Sentenced in Death of Mom of Twin Toddlers Who Was Crossing Bronx Street

A 29-year-old man driving back from a wake for a baby who had died from SIDS was drunk when he struck and killed a mother of twin toddlers who was crossing a Bronx street, and will be going to prison for up to four years on a conviction of criminally negligent homicide, prosecutors said. 

Agustus Jenkins of Montgomery, New York, has been sentenced to one and one-third to four years in the January 2014 death of Nydja Herring of the Bronx. 

Herring, 32, was crossing the street at East Tremont and Van Nest avenues, on the way to the store to buy milk for her 2-year-old twins, when she was struck by Jenkins' speeding vehicle, prosecutors said. 

Jenkins, who was driving with a suspended license, had a friend in the car with him, along with two children ages 4 and 11. 

Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson said in a statement Monday, "Not only were Nydja Herring’s two 2-year-olds left without a mother, the victim’s own mother was scheduled to receive a kidney from her daughter. Herring’s mother is still on the organ transplant list." 

Jenkins was convicted June 4, when the jury returned its verdict after an 11-day trial. 

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