A father in Memphis, Tennessee, is accused of beating his girlfriend with a brick before repeatedly running her over with his car on Sunday night, according to reports.
Santrez Traylor, 34, allegedly killed Amanda Petrowski in front of the couple’s neighbors, WREG in Memphis reports.
“We saw a car driving back and forth across the lawn, and we didn't know what was happening from where we could see. But it turned out we were witnessing the murder occurring," neighbor Jay Smoot told WREG.
Another neighbor, who chose to remain anonymous, told FOX 13 in Memphis that Petrowski was standing up when they allegedly witnessed Traylor hit her with a brick. Then, they said, she fell down and said he kept on hitting her with the item in addition to kicking and punching her.
“He was trying to make sure she was dead,” the neighbor told FOX 13.
After the brutal attack, police said Traylor initially fled. Petrowski, meanwhile, was declared dead at the scene
"He tried to flee the cops. He drove across the yard and into the street and the cops took off after him. That was the last of what we saw of the incident," Smoot told WREG. "We feel bad for the kids and for her mother.”
The couple — Petrowski still considered Traylor her boyfriend as recent as last month, according to WREG — reportedly had two children together; they were not harmed in Sunday’s incident.
Unfortunately, Traylor was no stranger to domestic violence prior to the incident.
Traylor was arrested several times for allegedly stalking or abusing Petrowski since 2015, according to WREG.
Last month, police reports viewed by WREG said he allegedly threatened to “beat her brains in” and force one of their kids “through the wall.”
Additionally, affidavits allege that Traylor once called Petrowski over 200 times while threatening to kill her, WREG reports.
Domestic violence survivor Deborah Robinson told WREG she was "shocked" upon learning about Petrowski's fate, but added that she wasn't surprised Traylor had a long rap sheet that included previous instances of abuse.
“I just want to reiterate that this can happen to anybody, anywhere, it doesn’t matter where you live," she told the outlet. "It is a problem and it is a problem in Memphis.”
Robinson added that she would continue telling her own story in honor of people like Petrowski during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which is observed the whole of October.
Traylor has been charged with second-degree murder and aggravated assault, police said.
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