CLEARWATER — A 24-year-old man is accused by police of hitting his mother and jerking the wheel of her SUV as she was driving Tuesday, screaming "We are all going to die."
Daniel Coby Essary caused the SUV to crash into a light pole on U.S. 19, according to police, with a 23-month-old boy inside the vehicle. Essary of Clearwater was arrested on charges of domestic child abuse, aggravated domestic assault and domestic battery.
According to Clearwater police, Essary was with his mother in her 2003 Ford Explorer, headed south on U.S. 19. Also inside the vehicle was Essary's 23-month-old nephew.
Mother and son were arguing, police said, when around 5 p.m. Essary started hitting his mom from the passenger seat and yanked the steering wheel. The Explorer ran into a fence and then crashed into a light pole at Celebration Station at 24546 U.S. 19, police said.
All three passengers were properly restrained and uninjured, according to Clearwater police. But after the crash, police said Essary started hitting his mother again, then tried to run away when officers arrived.
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