San Mateo man accused of ramming Daly City students pleads no contest 

A deranged dad who intentionally bumped two 10-year-old crossing guards with his car at a Daly City elementary school in a fit of road rage pleaded no contest Friday to battery and child cruelty charges.

Vernon Suriaga, 43, of San Mateo, was sentenced as part of a plea deal to 183 days in jail and two years probation, according to prosecutors. He was released from jail after receiving credit for time served, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Suriaga was also ordered to stay away from John F. Kennedy Elementary School unless he is dropping off or picking up his daughter, a second-grader, Wagstaffe said.

Suriaga was driving his daughter to school on Sept. 23 and became enraged when students working as crossing guards told him he could not enter the parking lot until 8:15 a.m. It was 8:05 a.m. at the time.

Prosecutors said Suriaga asked the boys to move a cone so he could make a u-turn. But instead of turning, he drove forward into the parking lot. Two of the boys stepped in front of his car and again told him to stop, but he revved up the engine and struck them.

The boys were hit by the car in the abdominal area, but were not knocked down, Wagstaffe said.

Suriaga continued into the parking lot, parked, and then chased after the two young patrol guards, Wagstaffe said. He “grabbed a third 10-year-old patrol boy by the jacket and screamed at him,” the district attorney said. He also allegedly screamed curses at a mother who witnessed the rage.

Suriaga then walked his daughter to school and fled the area. Police later arrested him at his home.

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