Woman charged with murder after wild car ride with husband on hood

Aug. 5, 2013 at 4:04 PM

NEW YORK, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- A New York City woman went on an 11-block, high-speed car ride with her husband on the hood before a crash killed the man, police said.

Maria Espinosa, 54, and her husband Matthew Soria, 34, were arguing Sunday, and as she entered her vehicle he pedaled up to her on a bicycle, then jumped onto the hood of her car in an attempt to stop her from driving away, police said.

Espinosa backed the car up, striking another car in an attempt to dislodge Soria. She then drove nine blocks through the borough of Queens at speeds up to 80 mph, performed a U-turn and drove two blocks more, with Soria on the hood before she struck another car, killing him, the New York Post reported Monday.

"The couple was married. There was a dispute over money. The male [Soria] wanted the keys to the car, and money," said New York Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly said, adding there are "past domestic violence issues between them."

Espinosa was charged with murder in the death of her husband, the newspaper said.

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