A Turlock mom was arrested after allegedly driving her car into a woman who was standing in a parking spot at a Halloween event for children at Stanislaus State University.
"This is not kindergarten, there are no cutsies," the suspect told the woman who was trying to save the spot before she struck by the vehicle, according to Stanislaus State University Police Sgt. Cheri Silveira.
The victim was with her children on campus for the Halloween Gala Tuesday night in a parking lot designated for the event off Christoffersen Parkway. Her husband was meeting them at the event and the woman found a parking spot near her car and told her husband via cell phone that she would save it for him.
The woman was standing in the spot when the suspect, 39-year-old Sandra Bertadillo Cervantes, pulled in and ran into her with the car, Silveira said. The vehicle hit the woman in the knee area, causing bruising and bumps.
"Some yelling went on and then the driver left the scene and took her kids to the Halloween Gala,” she said.
The victim called police and officers waited for the suspect at her vehicle but she did not return.
She’d walked home to her residence, which was just a few blocks away on Sunshine Way, Silveira said.
Officers went to the home and found Cervantes outside. "She matched the description perfectly of the reporting party,” Silveira said.
Cervantes has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon and hit-and-run. She will be in court for a continued arraignment next week.