connectVideo report: A 32-year-old mother died after a New York man allegedly plowed in her family of eight
A pregnant mother of six children, the ultimate sacrifice Wednesday when she threw her body between a driver who allegedly tried to mow down the family, after a discussion about the smoking of a cigarette, reports said.
Melissa DeLoatch, 32, was outside a 7-Eleven store in Rockland County, new york, when her husband, Sean, asked a 35-year-old Jason Mendez to stop smoking in the near of his children, the New York Times reported. After the two men argued, Mendez got into his car and rammed the family of eight, back up, and slammed into them a second time, police said.
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“My sister saw him at the last moment and threw her body in front of the car and pushed the children away,” her brother James Christopher, 28, told the New York Daily News.
Melissa DeLoatch, 32, was killed while protecting her six children, Jason Mendez, 35, who allegedly tried to plough in the family in New York on Wednesday, reports said.
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“The children … they had to see their mother get run over, then run,” Christopher told the newspaper. “He drove over her, reversed, and drove out (about her) again.”
Witnesses told WNBC-TV they saw a woman lying on the ground seriously wounded, and heard a baby crying. The stroller was mangled.
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DeLoatch, her husband and their six children-ranging from 11 months to 10 years old-were rushed to the hospital. DeLoatch, who learned two days before that she was pregnant with the couple’s seventh child, was later pronounced dead, the New York Post reported.
While the three oldest children were not seriously injured, the 32-year-old mother could not fully defend her three youngest children sitting in the car of the oncoming car, according to the Post.
Sean and Melissa DeLoatch were hit by a driver after an alleged argument over smoking. Melissa was later pronounced dead at a hospital.
Charlene Rodriguez, a family member, told the newspaper that the 2-year-old daughter sustained a concussion and had to have leg surgery, while her 3-year-old son had a ruptured liver. The 35-year-old husband and their 11-month-old child remained in the hospital. The police had said that the injuries were not life-threatening.
Mendez ended with a stun gun by police after he gets out of the car with a knife, Haverstraw police said. He 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.
Court records show that Mendez, of Washingtonville, had an arrest record in San Antonio, Texas, where he recently lived. He had faced charges of theft, drunken driving and domestic violence, the Times reported.
“Killer, you killed my woman a lover a best friend of the mother of my 6 children, my world,” her husband wrote on Facebook after the incident, with a link to an article about Mendez’s arrest.
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The DeLoatch family had reportedly been living in a family shelter, and had just earned enough money for a new apartment to raise their soon-to-be seven children.
“Her life was her children,” Charlene Rodriguez told the Post. “It is a nightmare, one of the whole family wishes we could wake up from.”