Woman charged after striking pedestrians
POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- A woman has been charged after hitting several pedestrians, including a child, and then taking off.
Broward Sheriff's Office deputies said 19-year-old Sharoya Rucker got into a fight with the family of her child's father, jumped in her Nissan Sentra and plowed into a group of about 20 people near the 500 block of Southwest Second Street in Pompano Beach, Wednesday.
According to the BSO, Rucker hit a group of adults and a 2-year-old boy, Zachary Santiago, and some were pinned against a guardrail. Jones then took off but was stopped by deputies two blocks away.
Two adults were taken to Broward Health North. The boy was airlifted to Broward Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale where he stayed overnight and discharged the following morning.
The Family pastor rushed to the scene, but did not comment on what the family was fighting over. "There has been issues in that family for months," said Rev. Joseph Hurley. "We have been trying to calm this thing down. We thought things were getting on the right track and this happens."
A woman said that bodies flew everywhere. "Imagine, you're seeing her run over," said witness Linda Ann Jones. "I'm looking at my 2-year-old nephew, and the car is hitting him with the bumper, and he's falling down, and the car is rolling over him and backing over him and down the road, coming in the parking lot."
The victims who were hit are angry because they said the driver intentionally ran them down. "She meant to do it. She got in the car and was coming at us," said Mary Flemming who was hit by the car. "It's no accident. She knew what she was doing."
In an affidavit, BSO said Rucker confessed to the crime.
Her sister Tina Lane said she would not hit the people intentionally. "She didn't do it intentionally. She was crying inside of the house. It happened so fast, but she didn't mean to," said Lane.
"My elbow is bruised. I have a few cuts in my face," said a woman.
Martin Serru said if he had not grabbed on to the hood, he would have been run over. "She came towards me," he said. "I jumped over the hood and I grabbed the hood and tried to not get run over by her."
Those who were hit are thankful no one was killed. "I just thank God that nobody got really injured to lose their lives," Lane said.
Rucker has been charged with attempted murder and four counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
She's appeared at hearing Thursday morning only to have the judge push a decision on her bond to the afternoon. She remains behind bars.
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