A Florida woman who was in a fiery crash with her two young sons is accused of intentionally causing the incident so they could all die.
Melissa Gail Mack, 48, of Gainesville is accused of purposely driving a van into oncoming traffic. In the van with her were her two sons, ages 4 and 6, according to The Gainesville Sun.
She crashed into a tanker truck, which was carrying 330 gallons of gasoline. As a result, Mack’s van caught on fire, trapping her and her children inside. Police say the mother had tried to hit the truck head on but the driver swerved, so Mack then turned around and rammed into the truck’s backside, according to local ABC affiliate WCJB.
The family was rescued from the burning car and Mack was subsequently charged with three counts of attempted homicide, for her two children and the driver of the truck.
Mack had allegedly told a friend earlier that day that she had plans to get into a fatal crash with herself and her boys, according to The Gainesville Sun. That friend claimed Mack said “it was ‘God’s will’” and that “nothing could be done to change the outcome,” according to an arrest report obtained by the outlet.
The children were taken to a local hospital and released into custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families. Mack, who was slightly hurt in the crash, claimed she had memory loss during her conversation with police, the outlet reports.
The mother’s bail has been set to $900,000. It is not clear if she has an attorney who can speak on her behalf at this time.
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