Tragic: Man Deliberately Drives Into Family of 8, Kills Mother and Injures Father and Young Children

February 21, 2019Feb 21, 2019

Tragedy struck in New York for a family of eight when a man drove into their family and killed the mother.

The man, later identified as Jason Mendez, was arrested Wednesday after he intentionally drove his car into the family. In addition to killing the 32-year-old woman assumed to be the children's mother, he also injured several of the children, reported ABC.

The deadly crash happened outside of a 7-Eleven in Haverstraw, New York. Witnesses said the children ranged in age from an infant to about 10 years.

The 35-year-old man is charged with murder. He crashed into the family after getting into an argument with one of them, police said.

"The male suspect had a verbal altercation with a member of the family moments earlier. The suspect then proceeded to enter his vehicle, which was parked in the 7-Eleven parking lot, and drove the vehicle forward striking eight family members," the Haverstraw Police Department said in a statement. "The suspect then reversed the vehicle and drove forward again, striking the family members for a second time."

Reports say that the father of the family spoke to Mendez because he was smoking around his family. Mendez grew angry and that is why he ran into the family.

Mendez faces one count of second-degree murder and seven counts of attempted murder, but police may file additional charges. A 35-year-old man and three of the children were listed in serious condition, but none of their injuries appeared life-threatening.

According to witnesses, the mother was dead when the police arrived.

"She was laying on the ground," Allison Rodriguez, a witness, told ABC New York station WABC, referring to the woman who was killed. "Nobody was around her. We just kinda knew she wasn't gonna make it."

Police said they found the suspect waiting in his vehicle when authorities arrived at the scene. He was holding a knife, and he failed to comply with the responding officers, who told him to drop the knife. He was subdued and taken into custody.

Mendez pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday night. He is due back in court next week.