White Plains, New York: An angry driver purposely ran down a family of eight and then backed over them Wednesday afternoon outside of a 7-Eleven in New York, police said.
The 32-year-old mother died, Haverstraw police said. Her identity wasn’t released.
A 35-year-old male and three of the six children were rushed to Westchester Medical Center with serious but non life-threatening injuries, according to police.
The other three children were treated for injuries at a local hospital.
The fight started as a verbal altercation shortly before 2 p.m. in Garnerville.
The 35-year-old suspect, whose identity wasn’t released, drove over the family, according to police, and then brandished a knife when confronted by officers, police said.
He was subdued by a stun gun before being arrested, police said.
The suspect was charged with second-degree murder and seven counts of second-degree attempted murder.
“The investigation is still ongoing and it is anticipated that several additional charges will be filed,” Haverstraw police said in a Facebook post. “The names of all involved parties are being withheld at this time due to the ongoing investigation.”
Haverstraw Police Department
On today’s date at approximately 1:50PM, a male subject intentionally drove his vehicle into a family that was standing in front of the 7-11 store located on N. Central Highway in Garnerville, NY.
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 7-11 parking lot, and drove the vehicle forward striking eight family members. The suspect then reversed the vehicle and drove forward again, striking the family members for a second time.
The eight family members consisted of a 35 year old male as well as a 32 year old female and 6 juvenile children. The eight members of the family were all transported to a local hospital. Tragically, the 32 year old female victim succumbed to her injuries at the hospital. The 35 year old male victim was transported along with three of the juvenile children to a Westchester Medical Facility for serious but non life threatening injuries. The remaining children were being treated at the local hospital for their injuries.
The suspect, age 35, was confronted at the scene by responding police officers. The suspect was brandishing a knife and failed to comply with the responding officers verbal commands to drop the knife. The suspect was subsequently tased, subdued, and taken into custody without further incident.
The police department’s investigation has led to the charge of murder in the second degree (1 count) and attempted murder in the second degree (7 counts) being filed against the suspect.
The investigation is still ongoing and it is anticipated that several additional charges will be filed. The names of all involved parties are being withheld at this time due to the ongoing investigation.
The Town of Haverstraw Police Department would like to thank the responding police agencies that assisted in this tragic incident and investigation including the Stony Point Police Department, Rockland County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Police.
Additionally, the Town of Haverstraw Police Department would like to thank the Haverstraw Ambulance Corps, Rockland Mobile Care, and the various other EMS agencies and personnel who responded to assist in the care for the victims of this tragic incident.