This is the moment an allegedly drunk woman speeds along a New York street with her partner on the bonnet before crashing into a school and killing him.
The incident took place in the city of Yonkers in Westchester County in the US state of New York at around 1.25am on 4th September.
The Yonkers Police Department said in a statement that they first received reports of a car accident at the Eugenio Maria de Hostos MicroSociety School near Stanley Place that resulted in injuries.
The police continued: “Upon arrival, First Responders discovered that a 2012 Subaru Forrester had crashed through the Stanley Place access gate to the school property and struck a concrete barrier before impacting the north wall of the school building.
“A male accident victim was located on the ground adjacent to the barrier; a female accident victim was in the operator’s seat of the Forrester. First Responders rendered medical aid to both parties, including CPR to the male accident victim, but he was pronounced deceased at scene.”
According to the police, the woman was taken to a nearby hospital while officers cordoned off the area, adding that there were no other injured parties in the accident.
The police said: “Detectives from the Major Case Squad, Crime Scene Unit, and Digital Forensics Unit, along with Accident Investigators, responded to the scene and interviewed subjects and witnesses, recovered surveillance video, processed forensic evidence, and reconstructed the accident events.”
The police discovered that the man, named as Martires Susana-Pena, 42, and woman, identified as Mercedes Vargas, 43, were in a relationship and had been drinking at a friend’s house when a row broke out between them.
The woman got behind the wheel of the couple’s 2012 Subaru Forrester and tried to leave their friend’s house while allegedly drunk.
The victim, who the police believe was trying to stop his partner from driving in an inebriated condition, jumped on the bonnet as she sped away.
The police said: “The female operator then drove south on Stanley Avenue at high rate of speed – with her partner still on the hood – crossed Ludlow Street onto Stanley Place and crashed through the access gate before striking the barrier and school wall – a total distance of approximately 260 yards.
“As a result, the male victim suffered fatal traumatic injuries to his head and body, and the female operator suffered injuries consistent with a vehicle collision; she is expected to recover.
“Responding police officers further detected evidence and indicators of alcohol consumption by the female operator; she did possess a valid NYS driver’s license. Investigators continue to actively develop information and enhance the case.”
Vargas was arrested and charged with “one count of Vehicular Manslaughter 2 – DWI (drink-driving)”.
She was arraigned in Yonkers Criminal Court and remanded in custody until her next court date on 10th September.