By: David Ross
|Natalie Cruz-Lopez one of the children killed in the incident|
Marianable Cruz-Lopez, 33, hit the gas instead of the brake when trying to back a Ford Expedition in a garage in Lewisdale, Maryland, on Thursday, police in Prince George County, said.
Instead of stopping, the truck fired back, killing Natalie Cruz-Lopez, her daughter eight years old and wounded her son, two, a 6 year old and a 7-year-old before she hit the garage, which stood next to a house across where Lopez lived with her children. A 10-year-old had suffered head injuries and broke two ribs from falling debris. The four children were expected to survive.
Cruz-Lopez had no valid driver's license and recently had received several traffic tickets in Montgomery County, Maryland, according to media reports.
"It's a terrible accident," said Patricia Taitt, a neighbor who rushed to the house when she heard the accident. "They were always playing, so to see her lying, eyes with blood and swell up, it was just horrible."
Although police say they continue to investigate, they did not file charges against Cruz-Lopez, a
single mother of Chiapas, Mexico, who has lived in the DC area for almost a decade.
The accident occurred about seven minutes after police left the house, where they responded to reports of an argument between Cruz-Lopez, who is going to move, and the owner. The officials, who were still around, returned to find the Ford Expedition stopped at the garage crushed surrounded by carnage.
"She's a mom and a dad to the children," said Margarita Calderon, another tenant in the house who sometimes looked after Cruz-Lopez kids.