Terrible moment when woman drives her minivan over dozens of veterans’ gravestones trying to avoid traffic jam in Houston cemetery
- A woman was filmed on Sunday driving over graves in the Houston National Cemetery
- Dozens of people flocked to the cemetery to look at a viaduct commemorating the 75th anniversary of VE Day
- The woman got into a traffic jam when people left after the viaduct
- Witnesses said she cut dozens of headstones with her minivan while trying to bypass other cars
Terrible videos show the moment when a woman drove her minivan over the graves of military veterans trying to avoid a traffic jam in the Houston National Cemetery.
The woman was one of dozens of people who flocked to the cemetery on Sunday to view a viaduct of the Lone Star Flight Museum commemorating the 75th anniversary of VE Day – the end of World War II in Europe.
When people started to leave after the viaduct, the woman became impatient and tried to avoid other cars by driving on the grass.
“I was shocked and never expected this to happen,” said Jeremiah Johnston, the man who filmed the video, KTRK.
“This is Houston, and there are crazy drivers, and I never expected to see them go through a cemetery. Especially if everyone was there to pay their respects during a patriotic viaduct. ‘
A woman was filmed driving her minivan over the graves of military veterans trying to avoid a traffic jam at the Houston National Cemetery on Sunday
Amanda Hill, another witness who went to the cemetery to visit her grandparents’ graves, said the woman was in a rush to leave as soon as the viaduct ended.
“She tried to reverse, then went up the sidewalk to where my grandparents are buried,” said Hill.
‘[The woman] She couldn’t get around some cars and then she started running over the graves. ‘
Hill estimated that the woman drove over dozens of graves during her repeated attempts to bypass other cars.
“She heard us scream to stop and just kept doing it,” she said.
“My mother approached the van and the driver told her to get out.”
The woman was one of several dozen people who flocked to the cemetery to view a viaduct commemorating the 75th anniversary of VE Day. When people started to leave after the viaduct, the woman became impatient and tried to bypass other cars by driving on the grass
In the video, shot by Jeremiah Johnston, witnesses are seen yelling at the driver to stop while mowing dozens of gravestones
Hill said her family was trying to block the woman as she approached the grave of her grandfather, Robert Eugene Marsh, a first Air Force lieutenant known as the Bloody Hundred, who was bombing Germany.
“My mom was standing in front of the van and eventually had to jump out of the way because she was going to hit her,” Hill said, adding that they managed to avoid going over Lieutenant Marsh’s grave.
Hill said the woman seemed unaffected by the fact that she was being photographed by people shouting at her to stop.
On Monday, the offending driver was not identified, and the Harris County Constable’s Office said it had received no reports of the incident.
Hill said she was initially hesitant to voice her concerns in the media, but eventually decided it was the right thing to do.
“I was talking to my parents before and said,” I don’t want this to be a big deal and a negative reflection, “Hill told KTRK.
“My mother said,” No. Your grandfather would be proud of you for making sure this woman gets justice because they would be shocked. ”
Hill continued, “I felt bad for the families whose graves had hit their loved ones.
“It is so disrespectful and especially one day that we honor World War II veterans.”