A Maryland woman who did not have a valid drivers license accidentally backed her SUV over five children, killing her eight-year-old daughter and putting her two-year-old son in hospital.
Marianable Cruz-Lopez, 33, placed her Ford Expedition sport utility vehicle in reverse and accelerated over the children who were playing in the driveway of her Lewisdale home at about 8.45pm on Thursday, according to Prince George's County Police.
Screaming 'My kids!' Cruz-Lopez desperately jumped out of the car and grabbed her son whose second birthday is today while neighbours struggled to lift fallen bricks off fatally wounded eight-year-old Natalie Hernandez Cruz.
Killed: Natalie Hernandez Cruz, 8, was killed Thursday evening after her mother backed her SUV over her and four other children
Horrific: A neighbour's mobile phone video shows one of the young victims after the accident
'She (Cruz-Lopez) heard her kids scream, and she ran out of the car and grabbed her two-year-old, but she didnít notice her eight-year-old was still stuck,' said Maximo Mendez.
According to police the four other children are all expected to survive the crash in which Cruz-Lopez backed her car over her children and into the garage of her home at the 2200 block of Hannon Street.
The 10-year-old boy ó identified by his father as Isaac Gonzalez ó suffered two broken ribs and sustained head injuries from falling bricks.
Police said they didn't know the woman's relationship to the other children.
However, according to police records, Cruz Lopez did not have a valid drivers license at the time of the crash and had already received tickets from police on March 30 of this year for driving without a valid license.
In addition she was ticketed for failing to secure a child under the age of 8 in a safety seat and for giving a fake name to a police officer said the Washington Post.
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Investigators said that the state attorney's office will determine whether she will faces charges for related to the fatal crash in the next week.
'It's just a devastating accident,' said Prince George's County police spokeswoman Julie Parker.
Drugs and alcohol were not believed to be a factor
Nightmare: Emergency crews attend the scene after Cruz-Lopez backed into five children playing in her drive
Neighbours rushed to help the young victims before paramedics arrived, with one videoing the aftermath of the horrific scene on an iPhone.
'The woman tried to stop the car and then instead of stopping it she did it by accident and reversed it more and that is when all the damage was done,' a witness told ABC 7.
Maximino Mendez was first on the scene, according to the Washington Post.
The Post reported that Cruz-Lopez lived in the basement apartment of the house where the accident happened with three women, Elsa Campos, Margarita Calderon and Yolanda Estrada as well as Campos' son Jose Antonio Valdez.
The children were struck or pinned under the large vehicle, which continued on down the driveway at the 2200 block of Hannon Street and got lodged in the garage. Some of the kids were trapped under bricks from the home.
Driveway: Investigators try to determine how the accident happened
'The lady was in the vehicle, backed up, and five children were struck,' Lt. David Lloyd told ABC 7. 'The vehicle continued and lodged into the garage that is in the rear portion of the house.'
According to police, officers had been at the property minutes before the tragic accident occurred.
Cruz-Lopez was moving out of the basement apartment this week and had been outside arguing with the landlord at about 8.13pm.
Police responded to break up the fight and assess the situation, Maj. Robert Brewer, the District 1 commander, told Gazette.net. But he said officers believed everyone was calm when they left the scene.
House: Police said the car struck the children then continued down the driveway and got lodged in the garage
'According to the officers, the woman was upset, but not out of control. She seemed to be bothered by what was occurring, but by no means predicted based on her behavior that something as awful as this couldíve happened,' spokesman Julie Parker told the Maryland news website.
Police said just moments after they left the Lewisdale home they received a call for a vehicle collision at the same address.
When officers returned, they found children lying in the yard and driveway and began administering CPR to the eight-year-old before emergency services arrived and transported all of the children to hospital.
'Every time (the responding officers) looked up while giving CPR, they saw another child lying in the grass. The family members had pulled them from the bricks of the garage,' Brewer told Gazette.net.
On Friday, a blood stain remained on the smashed garage door where the SUV became lodged and a bouquet of flowers for the victims lay at the scene of the heart-breaking accident, according to the Washington Post.
'We canít judge her, only God can,' neighbour Elsy Flores-Romero told the newspaper of Cruz-Lopez.
'I put myself in the momís shoes. Imagine you know you killed your own kid. Thatís a horrible feeling to carry for your whole life.'
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