A mother who escaped a carjacking tells ABC7 that she just wanted to save her baby when she escaped a moving vehicle with her 20-month-old.
“I’m not a hero. I’m just a mom,” said the woman, who identified herself only as Elsya, 24.
On gas station surveillance tape, a man believed to be White is seen allegedly stealing two bags of chips. A clerk takes them back at the moment Elsya parks her vehicle and steps out of her still-running Lexus with her baby in the back seat.
White then allegedly jumped in and started to drive away
She said the alleged kidnapper seemed crazed and wouldn’t let her out of the vehicle when he allegedly carjacked her from a Baltimore gas station at around 10:00 p.m.
The suspect, 22-year-old Terron White, then led police on a chase. Authorities say the suspect struck at least two vehicles – one of them a police cruiser - while fleeing the scene on I-95. A chase ensued, and soon moved onto the Outer Loop of the Beltway where White began driving erratically. During the pursuit, White turned off his headlights to evade police, authorities say.
Elsya said White made her wear seatbelt but she quietly unlocked it and with baby in arms she rolled out near the Cabin John Parkway exit.
“I was scared to jump out cause I’m like if I hit the ground wrong and my arm lets go then my baby will roll and hit his head,” she said. “So then I just did like that and pushed the door open and jumped out. I remember this leg going out first and then I don't remember anything else.”
She suffered a bump on her head and the baby, Juju, had some scraped knuckles. Both were treated and released from Suburban Hospital.
“I was just praying we'd be okay,” she said.