Toddler's mother speaks out after driver hit him
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- The mother of a toddler who was injured by a woman that struck several pedestrians is speaking out.
"I see my baby staggering trying to walk to me," said the toddler's mother, Alissa Jones.
Sharoya Rucker is behind bars in the Broward County Jail, held without bond.
Rucker appeared before a judge on Thursday morning. The judge read all the charges in her case. She faces one count for attempted premeditated murder and five other counts for aggravated battery, for allegedly driving her vehicle into a group of people Wednesday afternoon in Pompano Beach.
Two-year-old Zack Santiago is the youngest victim injured. He suffered several cuts and scraped to his face but is recuperating at home with his mother. "I was scared, frantic that my baby was injured," said Jones. "I didn't know the damage ... I didn't know how hard he hit that concrete."
According to the police report, Rucker got into her white Nissan Sentra at around 12 p.m. on Southwest Second Street in Pompano Beach and plowed into 20 people. Six people suffered injuries and had to be hospitalized.
Rucker confessed to police that she went on a rampage after a fight with one of the victims she ran over.
According to police, Marcy Flemming was the target. "You don't care who you hit or who you tried to kill," said Flemming. "You could have killed all my kids, both of my children."
Jones said her son has not forgotten what happened. "He's traumatized. My baby woke up screaming all last night ... he couldn't sleep."
Victim Martin Serru said, "I just had to hang on to the hood because I was scared that she was going to run me over," said Serru, "and I had to roll when I hit the floor. I had to roll out of the way. When she got in the car she just came full speed, full speed."
Flemming said hopes Rucker gets life in prison for the damage she did to the victims. "I hope she gets life in prison. That's what I hope. I hope they push it to the max."
Rucker's family said she was the victim, and that people were chasing her with a shotgun right before she got into her car.
Rucker is scheduled in another hearing in the weeks ahead.
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