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Driver Accused Of Deliberately Ramming Into Rockland County Family Pleads Not Guilty

HAVERSTRAW, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A driver accused of deliberately mowing down a family of eight, killing the mother, faced a judge Friday.

Jason Mendez, 35, pleaded not guilty to one count of murder and seven counts of attempted murder. His lawyer also requested a psychological exam.

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Officers walking Jason Mendez, 35, into court late Wednesday. (credit: CBS2)

Police said Mendez intentionally rammed his car into Melissa DeLoatch and her family on Feb. 20 after an argument in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven in Haverstraw.

The 32-year-old pregnant mother of six was killed. Her 35-year-old husband and children suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

MORE: Police: Man Charged With Murder After Mowing Down Family Outside Rockland County 7-Eleven

When officers responded, the suspect allegedly had knife and had to be taken into custody with a Taser.

Mendez lived for a time in Texas, where his criminal record included charges for domestic violence and assaulting a public officer, CBS2's Tony Aiello reported.

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