NEW YORK – A New York man is facing several charges, including attempted murder, after allegedly intentionally hitting his wife with their SUV.
Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced the charges against Stephen Giraldo on Wednesday. In a news release, Katz said that Giraldo told his three children, ages 6, 9 and 11, to “keep your seat belt on” before accelerating his SUV towards his wife, Sophia, who was walking in front of the vehicle. After the crash, the car flipped onto its side.
Surveillance video obtained by investigators shows Giraldo climbing out of the window of the vehicle before stabbing his wife with a knife, prosecutors said.
“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,” Katz said in a statement.
Giraldo is a city employee, working as a bus operator for the MTA, WPIX reported. He has been suspended without pay pending the completion of the investigation, the MTA told the station.
The victim was taken to a hospital where she was reported to be in critical condition on Wednesday, WNBC reported.
Prosecutors said the victim’s injuries include severe neurological damage, broken bones in her leg and a punctured liver.
If convicted, Giraldo faces up to 25 years in prison.
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