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Haverstraw, NY - Woman Dead After Driver Plows Into Family In Suburban NY

Published on: February 21, 2019 07:24 AM
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Investigators examine a vehicle outside a convenience store in Garnerville, N.Y., Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, after the vehicle reportedly struck and injured several pedestrians, including five children. Police say the driver of the vehicle has been taken into custody for questioning. (Peter Carr/The journal News via AP)Investigators examine a vehicle outside a convenience store in Garnerville, N.Y., Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, after the vehicle reportedly struck and injured several pedestrians, including five children. Police say the driver of the vehicle has been taken into custody for questioning. (Peter Carr/The journal News via AP)

Haverstraw, NY - Police say an enraged driver plowed his car into a family of eight, including a baby and five children, outside a store in Rockland County Wednesday, killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring several others.

Police believe an argument between the family and the driver, identified as 35-year-old Jason Mendez, of Washingtonville, may have precipitated the afternoon attack at a 7-Eleven store in the Town of Haverstraw.

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Police said the driver hit all eight members of the family and smashed into the storefront before he reversed the vehicle and drove forward again, striking the family a second time.

All of the family members were hospitalized. The woman was later pronounced dead. Police have not released her name. A 35-year-old man and six children, including a 2-year-old child, were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The knife-wielding Mendez was arrested at the scene after police used a stun gun to subdue him.

“He didn’t say anything initially to the police officers,” said Haverstraw Police Capt. Martin Lund. “He refused to drop the knife. Then he was tazed at the scene and taken down.”

Mendez pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on murder and attempted murder charges Wednesday night. It wasn’t clear if he had a lawyer who could comment on the charges.

Investigators make photos of a vehicle outside a convenience store in Garnerville, N.Y., Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, after the vehicle reportedly struck and injured several people, five of them children. Police say the driver of the vehicle has been taken into custody for questioning. (Peter Carr/The journal News via AP)Investigators make photos of a vehicle outside a convenience store in Garnerville, N.Y., Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, after the vehicle reportedly struck and injured several people, five of them children. Police say the driver of the vehicle has been taken into custody for questioning. (Peter Carr/The journal News via AP)


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 Feb 21, 2019 at 08:33 AM lazy-boy Says:

crazy!

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 Feb 21, 2019 at 08:45 AM Anonymous Says:

The sickness is not only in big cities !!!!

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 Feb 21, 2019 at 09:16 AM Anonymous Says:

Too bad the cops didn't shoot Mendez dead, instead of using a stun gun.

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 Feb 21, 2019 at 09:43 AM abilenetx Says:

Now he will be in jail, free bed, free food, free medicine, free clothes, go out in the yard to exercise a few hours a day, etc. all on tax payers money. All because he had an urge to kill or hate someone that day. Oh yes free lawyer too.

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 Feb 21, 2019 at 09:51 AM Oy Says:

Does anyone know who the family is?

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 Feb 21, 2019 at 10:38 AM ercsd Says:

There was a second murder yesterday in Hillcrest, in the town of Ramapo. I don't think we ever had that many murders in one year. It's scary. My condolences to their families, especially the innocent children.

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 Feb 21, 2019 at 10:41 AM Secular Says:

Reports state the woman was pregnant.

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 Feb 21, 2019 at 11:24 AM Bezalel Says:

Reply to #4  
Oy Says:

Does anyone know who the family is?

A "Go Fund Me" page started by her first cousin has identified the murdered woman as Melissa Castillo DeLoatch.

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 Feb 21, 2019 at 12:21 PM Aguttenshabbos Says:

BUILD THAT WALL!!!

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 Feb 21, 2019 at 02:53 PM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

an illegal latino killed another illegal latino who has a bunch of anchor babies, that's the summary

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 Feb 21, 2019 at 02:53 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
Secular Says:

Reports state the woman was pregnant.

of course she was, she was an illegal latino.

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 Feb 21, 2019 at 03:34 PM Aron1 Says:

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triumphinwhitehouse Says:

an illegal latino killed another illegal latino who has a bunch of anchor babies, that's the summary

Another idiotic comment.
THAT'S the summary.

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 Feb 21, 2019 at 08:29 PM yamsar Says:

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Aron1 Says:

Another idiotic comment.
THAT'S the summary.

I understand where you’re coming from calling his comment idiotic, but it’s an incorrect classification. The guy is psychotic and has visions. His comments are laced with hatred, delusion, paranoia and violence.

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