A Bronx woman was in custody Wednesday in the hit-and-run death of her 17-year-old boyfriend as lethal payback for shattering her cell phone, police and family members said.
Minutes after the couple quarreled at 1:30 a.m., the family of Frankie Hernandez found his broken body lying on Morris Ave. as Jasmine Diaz, 25, sped off in her SUV, police sources and the Hernandez family said.
With Hernandez standing directly in front of the Lincoln Aviator, Diaz slammed on the gas, ran him down and took off, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.
Cops were investigating the death as a homicide.
“I ran down to the street and it was too late,” said the victim’s devastated mother, Iris Hernandez. “His head was crushed. He wasn’t moving. There was blood everywhere.”
Hernandez was pronounced dead at Lincoln Hospital. The troubled couple began dating about a year ago, and reportedly shared a volatile relationship.
The dead teen’s brother, Cesar, said he heard screaming in the street while running outside to help his sibling.
“I heard the rubber burning and saw her just drive off,” said Cesar Hernandez. “By the time I got to him, he was trying to talk, but just bubbles came out of his mouth.”
Diaz abandoned her late model SUV near her mother’s apartment in the Fleetwood section of the Bronx, according to sources and family members.
Police found her hiding there and brought her to the 44th Precinct stationhouse for questioning. Kelly said charges against the suspect “are being developed now.”
Cesar said that he ran the few blocks from the scene of his brother’s death to the Diaz apartment, where he pounded fruitlessly on the door.
“I could hear her screaming inside, ‘I just hit Frankie. I just hit him. I don’t know what to do,’” Cesar said.
Hernandez’s devastated sister Yolanda sobbed uncontrollably as she clutched a picture of her brother.
“My brother’s dead!” she screamed. “He’s gone!”
According to family members, Hernandez accidentally dropped and broke Diaz’s iPhone — sending her into a rage.
“She was screaming at him about her cell phone,” said Iris Hernandez. “… He was saying it was an accident. She didn’t care. She was hysterical.”
The argument moved from the hallway at 1009 Morris Ave. to the street outside, and Iris Hernandez soon heard screams coming up to her apartment.
“I want her to rot in hell,” said Iris Hernandez. “Jail is too good for her. She needs to rot in hell.”
The dead teen planned to finish William Taft High School and study to be a barber. The youngest of six kids was a quiet homebody who managed to stay out of trouble, his relatives said.
“My son was such a peaceful boy,” said Iris Hernandez. “He would never hurt anyone.”