An out-of-control car mounted a sidewalk and plowed into dozens of trick-or-treaters and their families, killing two adults and a child, and injuring three other people, according to reports.
The victims were members of two extended families. Luiz Perez, 65, his granddaughter, Nyanna Aquil, 9, and Kristian Leka, 24, were among those killed in the fatal car accident.
Jasmina Aquil, 3, Greata Leka, 21, and Fiona Leka, 9, were among the injured.
The driver of the car, Howard Unger, 52, told investigators that he had suffered a seizure moments before the crash. The man said he had a history of seizures, but it had not happened in a while.
The driver of the car had been on seizure medication, police officials said. They added that he was not speeding or under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the accident.
Unger’s Dodge Charger was speeding down Morris Park Avenue when he hit the car in front of him, sideswept a bus, and careened onto the sidewalk and into pedestrians, sources said. The car ended up in the front yard of a home.
Unger and the three injured pedestrians were taken to Jacobi Hospital. The driver was in stable condition and the others were listed in critical, but stable condition. They were treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Police are still investigating the cause of the accident.
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