Halloween tragedy; car slams into crowd of trick-or-treating kids

Halloween night tragedy (Photo Source: ABC7NY Screen Shot)
Halloween night tragedy (Photo Source: ABC7NY Screen Shot)

Halloween turned into a tragic nightmare for a group of children and adults in New York City. According to police and witness statements, a group of young children were being led down a Bronx sidewalk on Morris Park Avenue. A loud boom was heard and a car jumped the curb, slamming into a crowd. Some victims were trapped under the car and others were sent flying through the air. Authorities report that once the driver of a Dodge Charger hit a parked vehicle they lost control of their car. The out of control car struck the small crowd at such high rate of speed that severed limbs were scattered at the accident scene and victims were pinned underneath the car. Three people were killed including a 10-year-old child. Surveillance footage from businesses in the area captured the accident but it was deemed too graphic to release at this time.

The incident occurred without warning around 5 p.m. Halloween night. Video footage of the scene before the accident showed small groups of people on a sidewalk enjoying the occasion. Costumed kids were going door-to-door gathering candy from local businesses and residences. Police identified those killed as Nyanna Aquil, age 10, Kristian Leka, age 24 and Louis Perez, age 65. The injured included the unidentified 52-year-old driver of the car, a 3-year-old girl, a 9-year-old girl and 21-year-old woman. The accident is currently under investigation as police try to determine how and why the driver lost control of his car.

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