DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The week became a little easier to bear on Thursday for the family of Derek Blessing and Audrey Jenkins, two people who were killed in a fiery car crash about a week ago, now that Dothan police arrested the person they believe was responsible for the crash.
“We are glad and relieved that he is at least in custody but closure we won’t ever get to say goodbye,” said Joey Strickland.
Dothan police arrested Leon Jones Jr. in connection with the car crash that killed Blessing and Jenkins last Saturday.
Police say Jones was driving his 2021 Dodge Charger at a high rate of speed and under the influence of alcohol when he allegedly caused a three-vehicle crash — Blessing and Jenkins getting the worst of it as their car rolled into a ditch and burst into flames.
DPD charged Jones with two counts of manslaughter. His bond is set at $60,000.
Brooke Leonard, Derek’s older sister, and his close friend Joey Strickland believe the bond is too low.
“I dont feel like he should be able to get out for any length of time he is where he needs to be and should be, maybe the laws are different here than they are at home and maybe we can fight that.,” said Leonard.
This week, the family has set up a go-fund-me page with a goal of $6,000 to cover travel expenses to get the bodies of Blessing and Jenkins back home.
“We’re not looking to get rich we just want to get them home and give them the proper service they well deserve,” said Leonard.