Joel Bromwell pleads guilty in D.C. pedestrian death

The Annapolis man charged in the March death of 71-year-old Ruby Whitfield pleaded guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol Wednesday.

Whitfield was struck and killed March 21 as she was leaving a church meeting in the 1100 block of Florida Avenue NE. Police say the driver, Joel R. Bromwell, 32, had at least two drinks at a downtown Washington night club before the crash. He left the scene after striking Whitfield.

Since her death, members of her church have called for a traffic light to be installed to protect others from the same fate. Tuesday, Mayor Vincent Gray announced a HAWK signal will be installed in the intersection where Whitfield was killed.

Bromwell faces up to 30 years in prison for the involuntary manslaughter charge; the DUI charge carries a maximum of six months in prison and a $1,000 fine.

He will be sentenced Aug. 30.