Woman runs over husband, two others outside court, then jumps to her death

A woman ran over her estranged husband and two of his friends as the trio left a family court Monday, then jumped to her death off a bridge in the Bay Area, police said.

Several witnesses saw the woman speed up and hit the three people outside a Martinez courthouse. She was reversing the car when she struck a female victim a second time, Martinez Police Cmdr. Eric Ghisletta said.

The three were taken to a hospital with moderate injuries.

The woman, who had been in court with her husband, minutes later jumped off the Benicia Bridge, Ghisletta said. She was not immediately identified, pending notification of her family.


The U.S. Coast Guard found the body of a woman in the water under the bridge after police received a call of a person jumping. A vehicle matching the description of the one used against the pedestrians was found on the bridge near where the woman jumped, Ghisletta said.

The East Bay Times reported that bystanders tried breaking the driver’s-side window on the woman’s car after the collision, but a witness said she sped out of the area.

Christina Parson, 30, who was pushing her friend’s baby stroller in a nearby crosswalk, said there was no question about the woman’s intent.

“It was deliberate. You can tell it was,” said Parson, who was helping her friend with a property dispute in court Monday. “An officer came running out of the courthouse, and I screamed for him to get help.”


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