The Annapolis man charged in a fatal hit-and-run involving an elderly woman leaving a Northeast Washington church in March pleaded guilty Wednesday in D.C. Superior Court to involuntary manslaughter and driving while under the influence.
Prosecutors said Joel R. Bromwell, 32, was driving about 15 mph over the speed limit and had a blood alcohol level above the legal limit when his silver Mercury Mountaineer struck and dragged Ruby Whitfield, 71, who was in a crosswalk after leaving an ushers’ meeting at New Samaritan Baptist Church.
Judge Lynn Leibovitz told Bromwell that he faces a maximum of 30 years in prison on the charge of involuntary manslaughter and 180 days and a $1,000 fine for driving while under the influence. He is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 30.
Bromwell, who has been in the D.C. jail since his arrest, stood next to his attorney, David Benowitz, as Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward O’Connell outlined the grisly details of the case.