Broward County

Mom Facing DUI Manslaughter Had 2 Kids in SUV During Fatal Pompano Beach Crash: BSO

Jeanie Ann Wilkins, 27, was arrested Tuesday on DUI manslaughter and multiple DUI property damage charges related to the Sept. 6, 2020 crash, records showed

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What to Know

  • A woman is facing charges in a 2020 crash in Pompano Beach that left a pedestrian dead
  • Jeanie Ann Wilkins, 27, was arrested Tuesday on DUI manslaughter and multiple DUI property damage charges related to the Sept. 6, 2020 crash
  • Authorities say Wilkins was drunk and driving an SUV when she lost control and struck the pedestrian, 69-year-old Andre Louis Gilds Sr.

A Pompano Beach woman was drunk and had her two young children with her in her SUV when she jumped a curb and fatally struck a man on a Pompano Beach sidewalk, authorities said.

Jeanie Ann Wilkins, 27, was arrested Tuesday on DUI manslaughter and multiple DUI property damage charges related to the Sept. 6, 2020 crash, records showed.

Wilkins was behind the wheel of her Dodge Journey SUV with her 3-year-old and 6-year-old child in the vehicle when she lost control of the SUV in the 2400 block of N. Federal Highway, Broward Sheriff's Office officials said.

According to an arrest report, the vehicle hit a curb, went onto the sidewalk and struck the pedestrian, who was near a bus stop.

The pedestrian was thrown about 30 feet and ended up in the parking lot of a nearby business, the report said.

Jeanne Wilkins, facing a DUI manslaughter charge in a Pompano Beach crash, appears in bond court.

Rescue crews arrived and brought the pedestrian to Broward Health North Medical Center, where he later died from his injuries. He was identified as 69-year-old Andre' Louis Gilds Sr.

Wilkins stayed at the scene but while she was speaking with an investigator, the investigator noticed a smell of alcohol on her breath, the report said.

Jeanie Ann Wilkins
Broward Sheriff's Office
Jeanie Ann Wilkins

Wilkins told the investigator she'd had two beers at the beach, and agreed to give a blood sample, the report said.

When the blood sample came back in January it found Wilkins had a blood alcohol content of .134, well above Florida's legal limit of .08, the report said.

The toxicology report also gave positive results for THC, the report said.

Wilkins was booked into jail where she remained held on $107,000 bond Wednesday, records showed.

The victim, Gilds, had worked for the New Orleans Police Department for 29 years before retiring in 2004. He had also served as a guard at New Orleans Parish Prison.

Wilkins' attorney released a brief statement Wednesday.

"On behalf of the Wilkins family, we express our deepest condolences to the family of Andre’ Gilds," the statement read.

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