Police: Woman fought with boyfriend before driving into Hudson
Police say that a Newburgh mother was fighting with her boyfriend at their home just prior to her driving into the Hudson River with four of her children in the minivan at around 8 p.m. yesterday.
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Lashanda Armstrong died along with her sons, Landon Pierre, 5, and Lance Pierre, 2, and her 11-month-old daughter, Laninaina Pierre. Another son, Lashaun Armstrong, 10, was able to escape and made it to a local firehouse, with help of a passerby, to report the incident.
At a news conference held this morning, Newburgh officials said that a relative of Armstrong had contacted them at around 8 p.m. to inform them about a possible domestic dispute between Armstrong and her boyfriend, Jean Pierre, who was the father of three of the children.
According to officials, Lashaun Armstrong had only two minutes to escape from the sinking minivan.
Friends of Armstrong say the fight was possibly over accusations that her boyfriend was having affairs with other women. A woman, who refused to identify herself, said that she did have an affair with Pierre and that Armstrong knew of other affairs as well.
Police say they have spoken to Pierre about the time leading up to the incident, but have refused to release any information about what happened.
A memorial has been set up by friends and family at the boat launch where the minivan went into the water as a remembrance of the young lives that were silenced.
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