A Capitol Heights man pleaded guilty Friday in D.C. Superior Court to voluntary manslaughter after admitting to driving his car into a crosswalk while high on PCP, and fatally striking a pedestrian.
As part of the plea deal with prosecutors, Woodrow R. Johnson, 52, faces seven years in prison for the Nov. 8 incident in the District that resulted in the death of Shamika Smith, 24.
According to prosecutors, Johnson, who was speeding in his employer’s van, swerved around the vehicles that were waiting in front of him at a red light on Benning Road in Southeast, drove into the opposite lane of traffic and struck Smith in the crosswalk.
Prosecutors also said although it was after 6 p.m., Johnson had not turned on the van’s headlights. Then, after striking Smith, prosecutors said, Johnson continued speeding northbound on Benning Road and collided with three vehicles, causing damages and injuries to their occupants.
When police arrived and started pursuit, prosecutors say, Johnson drove off the street and crashed through a fence of a church parking lot. When officers arrived at the van, Johnson was still sitting behind the steering wheel. When he was transported to a nearby hospital, he admitted to smoking PCP before driving.
Johnson is scheduled to be sentenced on May 15 by Judge Rhonda Reid Winston.