Preteen runs over mother with SUV. Photo via stock.xchng.
Tragedy struck when a Texas family went to take a look at a house that was for sale in Jacinto City. Cherie Rangel was outside of her SUV when she decided that it should be pulled up so that the house’s landlord could park behind her on the driveway. She turned the vehicle on, started to guide it up the driveway, and instructed her daughter to hit the brake when she told her to.
Sergeant Dennis Walker told KHOU TV in Houston, “So the mom started the van, placed the vehicle in drive, and as she stands outside the vehicle with the door open, she guides the vehicle slowly, let it coast on its own free will forward and tells her 11-year-old daughter—that’s sitting in the middle seat—‘when I tell you to, step on the brake.’”
Rangel instructed her daughter to hit the brake. However, the girl applied the accelerator. The mother was knocked down, thrown backward under the back wheel, and dragged all the way to the den area of the house according to the police. KTRK in Houston reports that neighbors attempted to lift the SUV off of Rangel but it was too late. Rangel was declared dead at the scene.
Six children were with Rangel at the time. Two were in the car at the time of the accident and four were outside of it. The children are devastated after witnessing their mother’s death.
Friends state the Rangel was a great mother who would do anything for her children. She was a housewife that just began a side job waitressing to earn money to help her family reach their dreams. She was visiting the house with the goal of buying it to move her family out of an apartment.
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