OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. - A federal corrections officer is facing attempted murder charges after investigators
said she was purposely trying to kill her children after leading troopers on a high-speed chase and crashing her car.
Estrella, 36, faced a judge Friday afternoon. She was kept in a cage for her own protection as the judge read off the laundry list of new charges she faces.
With nine new charges in all, including attempted murder and child abuse, her bond was set at more than $50,000.
Estrella had her 6-year-old son and adult daughter in the car when a state trooper clocked her driving 112 mph on Florida's Turnpike Tuesday afternoon.
When troopers attempted to pull
Estrella over they said she exited the turnpike onto U.S. 192 before colliding with two other cars. As the trooper got out of his vehicle at the scene, Estrella attempted to leave and drove directly toward the trooper, ramming his patrol car, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Officials said Trooper Jose Nieves was forced to shoot at Estrella after she rammed his patrol car.
It ended when Estrella eventually T-boned another vehicle, but her children only suffered minor injuries. They said they believe the crash saved their lives.
In the end, no one was struck by the bullets, but troopers said they had no idea Estrella's children were also inside the SUV.
Estrella's children told troopers Estrella was trying to kill them, which is likely why she was Baker Acted before being taken to the Osceola County Jail.
Troopers said the children told them Estrella planned to make it up to 140 mph, so she could crash and they would all be killed.
Estrella is from Miami, but WFTV's Drew Petrimoulx spoke with local relatives.
"She put a lot of people's lives in danger and we're just trying to figure out what was going on with her that may have caused her to act that way," said Petrimoulx.
"Honestly I don't know what happened," said a relative who wanted to remain anonymous.
Estrella's young son is staying with relatives.
WFTV is working to find out more about Estrella's past, including information on a job she just took at a federal prison in Miami.
The trooper who shot at Estrella is under standard investigation.