Woman runs over husband, two others outside court before jumping to her death off Benicia-Martinez Bridge

A woman ran over her estranged husband and two of his friends as the trio left a family court Monday, then jumped to her death off a bridge in the Bay Area, police said.

Several witnesses saw the woman speed up and hit the three people outside a Martinez courthouse. She was reversing the car when she struck a female victim a second time, Martinez Police Cmdr. Eric Ghisletta said.

The three were taken to a hospital with moderate injuries.

The woman, who had been in court with her husband, minutes later jumped off the Benicia-Martinez Bridge, Ghisletta said. She was not immediately identified, pending notification of her family.

The U.S. Coast Guard found the body of a woman in the water under the bridge after police received a call of a person jumping. A vehicle matching the description of the one used against the pedestrians was found on the bridge near where the woman jumped, Ghisletta said.

Bystanders tried breaking the driver’s-side window on the woman’s car after the collision, but a witness said she sped out of the area.

Christina Parson, 30, who was pushing her friend’s baby stroller in a nearby crosswalk, said there was no question about the woman’s intent.

“It was deliberate. You can tell it was,” said Parson, who was helping her friend with a property dispute in court Monday. “An officer came running out of the courthouse, and I screamed for him to get help.”

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