Six children were left without a mother when a man intentionally drove his car into a family of eight people in Garnerville, New York, police said.
Authorities said the man was so angry that the father of the children had asked him not to smoke near the children that he got into 2013 Infiniti and aimed it at the family. He then put the car in reverse, backed up and drove forward again, killing the mother, 32, as her children watched.
The 32-year-old father of the children and the kids all were transported to a hospital, where they were reported to have suffered broken bones and other injuries. The injuries were not life-threatening, according to police.
The couple had two 10-year-old children, plus kids ages 6, 3, 2 and 10 months. The baby was in a stroller as the family had gone to a local convenience store, where the tragedy occurred. Area schools were on winter break, giving the family a chance to be together on the outing.
The 35-year-old driver threatened officers who had reported to the scene with a knife. They used a Taser gun to subdue him before arresting him. The man was taken to the Rockland County jail and charged with second-degree murder, as well as seven counts of attempted second-degree murder.
“The investigation is still ongoing and it is anticipated that several additional charges will be filed,” the police department posted on Facebook.
This woman’s death will have a lasting effect on her family, and they will need to recover from their physical injuries as well as the emotional toll of losing their mother. Their father likely will not be able to return to work as soon as he heals, and any income their mother brought into the family is gone. When he is well, the father should consult with an attorney about seeking financial recovery, too.