New York driver allegedly plows into the family of the 8, the killing of mother after being asked to stop smoking: report

The researchers take pictures of a vehicle outside a supermarket in Garnerville, N. Y., Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, after the vehicle allegedly struck and injured several people, five of them children. The police says that the driver of the vehicle is seized for a hearing. (Peter Carr/the journal News via AP)

A New York man allegedly mowed down a family of eight children, including a baby and five children, outside a 7-Eleven store on Wednesday, killing a 32-year-old mother to the father asked the driver to stop smoking, a report said.

Jason Mendez, 35, hit all eight members of the family after a quarrel he had with the father, who had allegedly asked him not to blow cigarette smoke, his children, WCBS-TV reported.


Mendez, of Washingtonville, got in his car and slammed into the Rockland County grocery store before he turned the car and back to the front plowed, the save the family a second time, police said.

A mangled stroller remained at the scene as a witness told WNBC-TV they saw a woman lying on the ground, wounded and heard a baby crying.

A researcher stands behind the crime scene tape outside of a damaged window of a shop in Garnerville, N. Y., Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. (Peter Carr/the journal News via AP)

All eight members of the family were in the hospital. The mother was later pronounced dead. The 35-year-old father and his six children, ranging from two to 10 years old, were treated for non-life-threatening injuries, WABC-TV reported. The police has yet to separate from the family identity.

Mendez reportedly left the vehicle with a knife, and police subdued him with a stun gun.


“He had nothing to say in the first instance to the police,” said Haverstraw Police Capt. Martin Lund. “He refused to drop the knife. Then he was tazed at the scene.”

Mendez was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, and seven counts of attempted murder, WABC-TV reported. He pleaded not guilty to all charges at his arraignment Wednesday night.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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