Mom Drove Into River Trying to Kill 3 Kids, Police Say

Joann Smith, 49, purposely drove her minivan into the Delaware River, according to authorities.
1:43 | 04/17/14

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Car heard screaming and friends and order 36 year old Darnell Taylor says he and his wife were driving by a nearby front street. When he noticed the minivan and the Delaware River about 6:30 Tuesday evening he told his wife to turn a car around you can check out of somebody needed help. Sort of I was inside the -- So maybe you know someone forgot what department -- all of us on the -- He had no idea that 49 year old JoAnne Smith according to authorities had purposely driven -- down the boat ramp and into the river where there -- three teenagers and signs. The -- no movement inside the vehicle -- and -- -- -- -- that I would begin to panic and then. I heard screaming young girls to loosen the soldiers dove and -- -- of water must've been really cold if you were trying to get out. Yes those schools we'll have -- -- -- was that Dan X -- completely submerged partially samaritan it was knows. Knows him. So part of it was still sticking out yesterday tobacco analyst -- -- -- tailor made eight trips back and forth from a prepared to shorten until rescue the mother and three teenagers suffice to say he was exhausted when they were all safely -- -- What was it that led you to turn around Houston turn around your wife. Nickel back there. To register -- -- -- car down there that's when Meserve you know. -- was a payroll safe -- strains according to sources is that moments before Smith allegedly drove the van into the river. She bought her two sons and daughter ice cream and he shot right across -- street. Let's -- Bob -- sports photographer from Lawrence high school says the fifteen year old is a well like star happily they in the well rounded young man a lot like -- Like -- a lot. One like me to see this happen it just breaks your heart earlier this whole tragedy.

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