On Monday Nina Cherry was waiting to pick up her two children, both sophomores at Pantego Christian Academy, when she was attacked.
Benjamin Rowell, 32, had allegedly tried to steal the school’s computers and was looking for a quick way escape. Police think he threw Cherry out of her own car and drove off in her van, running over the terrified mother in the process.
Rowell would go on to hit at least three other vehicles before abandoning the van and attempting to escape on foot. The cops have him in custody and firmly believe he was the perpetrator. Cherry has not been able to identify him yet, due to her current condition. Cherry sustained serious injuries including a fractured pelvis and other internal injuries. The latest media reports say that she is still in the ICU at JPS.
Meanwhile, the community is pulling together to provide support and prayers. Counselors have been on Pantego’s campus to help students process the violent event and students have made Cherry numerous cards with hopes of her recovery.