A woman was caught driving over the gravestones of military veterans at a Houston cemetery in a bid to avoid traffic following the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of VE Day, which marks the end of World War II in Europe.
The incident took place after a flyover from the Lone Star Flight Museum on Sunday. For many, the event was a tribute to veterans and an opportunity for them to visit loved ones at the Houston National Cemetery, but not for the unidentified driver who was determined to escape the traffic jam at all costs, reported KTRK.
Amanda Hill, who was visiting her grandparents' graves with her family, witnessed the ordeal.
"She tried to back up, and then went up on the curb of the section where my grandparents are buried," Hill explained. The woman "couldn't get around some cars, and then she started running over the graves."
Hill recalled how the driver attempted to maneuver around the traffic jam three times and then drove over "dozens of graves."
"She heard us yelling at her to stop, and just kept doing it. My mother approached the van, and the driver told her she had to get out," Hill said. "My mom stood in front of the van, and finally had to jump out of the way, because she was going to hit her."
The driver managed to get out of the cemetery but dozens had caught her on camera. Among those filming was Jeremiah Johnston.
"I was shocked, and never would have expected that to happen," he said. "This is Houston, and there are crazy drivers, and I never would have expected to see them going through a cemetery. Especially when everyone was there to pay their respects during a patriotic flyover."
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