JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police blame a lover's quarrel for a dangerous game of bumper cars that led to this violent crash. We've learned the speeds involved hit at 70 miles per hour on through quiet neighborhood streets.
The crash Tuesday really startled a lot of neighbors. One minute it was quiet, the next they heard a loud crash.
"It ain't everyday you walk out in the driveway and see someone's car upside down," said Larry Trice. He couldn't believe what he saw when he got home Tuesday. Trice's lawn has skid marks on the sidewalk, broken trees all over it, a huge ditch and lots of pieces of glass in the bushes. In his 31 years on Leon Road, he's never seen so many police cars in his neighborhood. Trice says he's just glad his wife wasn't hurt. She was just getting ready to drive down the street.
It all started when police say Devarus Peterson was chasing his girlfriend down the road going 70 miles an hour in his BMW. Witnesses told police, Peterson hit Brittany Mack's car several times, causing her to lose control. She and her daughter, Armani, were trying to get away from Peterson. Police say the two had been fighting.
Investigators say it all happened so fast, Mack didn't even buckle in her child. "She attempted to flee and did so as fast as she could. She just put the child in the car, and sped away from the scene," said Lt. Larry Schmitt.
When the car crashed, the 19-month-old and Mack were thrown to the ground. Witnesses say Peterson then got out of his car, stood over mack and said "Why did you make me do this?"
Right now Peterson is charged with aggravated battery, but those charges could get upgraded to attempted murder. He does have prior DUI and drug convictions.