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‘Keep Your Seat Belts On’: New York City Father Ran Over Estranged Wife With Their 3 Kids In Vehicle, Police Say

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Source: UNSPLASH; KABC-TV screenshot

Dec. 29 2022, Updated 11:27 a.m. ET

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A New York City man allegedly ran over his estranged wife with an SUV and then stabbed her after he climbed from the overturned vehicle, according to authorities.

Stephen Giraldo, 36, faces multiple charges in connection with the Dec. 27 incident, including attempted murder, assault, reckless endangerment, and child endangerment, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said in a statement.

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Citing a criminal complaint, the statement claimed Giraldo got into a Ford Explorer with his three children, ages 11, 9, and 6, around 5:20 a.m.

At a court appearance on Dec. 28, Assistant District Attorney Audra Beerman alleged Giraldo went to the Flushing, Queens, home of his estranged wife, 41-year-old Sophia Giraldo, and asked her to come outside, The New York Post reported.

When she did, Beerman claimed, her husband, a bus driver for the city, allegedly told their children in the vehicle, “Everyone keep your seatbelts on.”

Stephen is then accused of hitting the gas and barreling into Sophia, launching her over a wrought-iron fence.

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After colliding with the victim, Stephen’s vehicle flipped on its side, and he allegedly crawled past his oldest son and out the passenger window and stabbed his wife twice in the chest, officials said.

In court, prosecutors claimed the suspect, who stayed at the scene, told responding NYPD officers, “I think I killed my wife.”

Beerman said the victim, a life coach who speaks about domestic abuse, remains in critical condition at New York-Presbyterian Queens Hospital with multiple injuries, including broken leg bones, a punctured liver and severe neurological damage.

The three children were uninjured in the incident and are currently in the care of family and friends.

The suspect was being held without bail. He faces up to 25 years behind bars if convicted of the current charges against him.

“The brutality of the attack, and the fact that it was committed in full view of the victim’s three young children, stirs heartbreak and outrage in all of us,” D.A. Katz said.

Shortly before the alleged attack by her husband, Sophia talked during the most recent episode of her podcast, “Unfiltered and Free,” about trying to move on from the relationship.

“I’ve just been thinking about my expectation and how as a result of trauma I tend to expect the negative,” she said. “I tend to expect the worst thing to happen, the worst-case scenario. You know, all those things. And I want my new year to look different.”

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