On Monday multiple witnesses watched in horror as a Concord woman deliberately ran over three pedestrians, one of whom was her estranged husband, on the crosswalk outside a family law court. Police reported that she allegedly backed up and ran over one of her victims again before she jumped to her own death off a bridge in the San Francisco Bay Area only a short time later.
The incident occurred at approximately 10:30 a.m. this morning as the husband of the driver and two female friends of his were about to cross a street in the busy court district of Martinez after allegedly coming from divorce proceedings. When Martinez police Commander. Eric Ghisletta spoke on Monday afternoon, she reported that after the woman had backed up and reversed into one of the women a second time, she sped away from the scene of the crime.
Fortunately for the three who were ran over, they were removed from the scene of the crime with injuries which could have been a lot worse considering the circumstances. Each of them were reported to have been taken to the John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, having only sustained moderate injuries and are expected to make full recoveries.
According to KTVU about 20 minutes after the hit and run occurred the Martinez police received reports of a woman jumping from the Benicia-Martinez bridge, which is approximately 2.5 miles away. Initial investigation into the suicide had the officials believing that the suspect who drove into the three pedestrians and the woman who jumped from the bridge were one and the same. The authorities had refused to release the identity of the Concord woman until her family members had been notified and it was not until late in the day that the suspect was named as 60-year-old Kimberly Goldman.
One witness, 30-year-old Christina Parson, had accompanied a friend to a property dispute in court Monday and had been pushing her friend’s baby across another crosswalk nearby when the collision happened. Parson said that there had been no question about the woman’s intent when her blue van had hit the three persons.
“It was deliberate. You can tell it was, it scared the… out of me. It was chaos. An officer came running out of the courthouse and I screamed for him to get help.”
At the time, police told the media that the suspect’s estranged husband had been coming from a hearing at the county’s family law courthouse when he and the two female friends who had been with him were hit down. The East Bay Times reported that while some witnesses screamed in horror, others took advantage of the fact that the car had stopped and began beating on the driver’s side window of the car Kimberly Goldman had been in. By this time the front of the car she had been driving was significantly damaged by the people she had run down, but she fled the scene.
Police say Woman hits 3 people including estranged husband after divorce court in Martinez then speeds to Benicia bridge,jumps to her death. pic.twitter.com/QVU5PESyLy— Vic Lee (@vicleeabc7) November 7, 2016
The reports of the woman jumping from the Benicia Bridge was investigated and the body, later identified as that of Kimberly Goldman, was found under the bridge. A vehicle matching the description of the one she had used to run over her estranged husband and his two female friends was recovered on the bridge close to where the woman had jumped to her death. The Martinez and Benicia police departments along with the California Highway Patrol and members of the U.S. Coast Guard assisted in the recovery of the suspect’s body from under the bridge.
Reportedly, Kimberly Goldman had been driving a Nevada rental car when she ran down her husband and his friends. Though her name has been released, presumably after her family had been identified, the police did not release the names of the woman’s estranged husband, nor the two female friends who had been walking with him.
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