Driver Accused of Running Over Family in Rockland County

A driver allegedly ran over and killed a mother in Rockland County, while also injuring her husband and their six children.

The incident happened Wednesday afternoon at a 7-Eleven store in Garnerville. There was apparently an argument over smoking that resulted in 35-year-old Jason Mendez getting into his car and then allegedly running over the family.

“We had to take the subject down at gunpoint. The subject exited the vehicle with a knife. The officers Tased the subject, took him down and took him into custody,” Police Captain Martin Lund said.

The 32-year-old woman died from her injuries at the hospital. The husband and children were taken to the hospital.

Mendez has been arraigned and pleaded not guilty to a charge of second degree murder and seven counts of second degree attempted murder.

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