Cops: 3 dead, 4 hurt when car hits trick-or-treaters in NYC

First responders examine an automobile after its driver lost control and plowed into a group of trick-or-treaters in New York, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015. Three people were killed, including a 10-year-old girl. Several others were injured. (AP Photo/David Greene)

NEW YORK (AP) — An out-of-control car plowed into a group of trick-or-treaters on Saturday evening, killing three people, including a 10-year-old girl, and injuring four others, police said.

The Halloween horror unfolded just before 5 p.m. as a group of trick-or-treaters walked down a quiet residential block in the Morris Park neighborhood of the Bronx.

A 52-year-old man behind the wheel of the black Dodge Charger went careering into the group of pedestrians on a sidewalk and then smashed through a fence in front of a home, police said. The car was left teetering on a brick wall. Moments before the car jumped the sidewalk, the man had crossed over a double yellow line in the road after bumping into the back of a Toyota Camry, police said.

“There was a family of kids trick-or-treating, walking behind me,” Kristina DeJesus told WABC-TV. “All of a sudden … I heard the boom, and the car like literally jumped over a parked car and flew into the gate, hitting a bunch of people.”

A 65-year-old man suffered severe head trauma and died at the scene, police said. A 24-year-old man and a 10-year-old girl were taken to a hospital, where they were pronounced dead. The victims’ identities were not released.

Authorities said a 3-year-old girl was critically injured. A 21-year-old woman, a 9-year-old girl and the driver of the car also were taken to the hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

Investigators were working Saturday night to determine the cause of the crash. No charges have been filed.


This story has been corrected to show that one of the victims who died was 24 years old, not 21, one of the surviving victims was 9 years old, not 10, and that the driver of the car was 52 years old, not 63, based on updated information provided by the police.


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