2 men killed saving trick-or-treaters from oncoming car in the Bronx
An out-of-control car jumped a curb and slammed into a group of Halloween trick-or-treaters in the Bronx on Saturday night, killing three people, badly injuring several others and turning a festive evening into a nightmarish scene.
Two victims — identified as 65-year-old Louis Perez and 24-year-old Kristian Leka — were credited with saving relatives by pushing them out of the way moments before the vehicle hit. Also killed in the crash was Perez’s 10-year-old granddaughter, Nyanna Aquil, according to the New York Post.
“I saw a torso on the sidewalk. I didn’t know if it was a Halloween dummy or a real person,” neighbor Fabio Cotza told the New York Post. “I just grabbed a whole bunch of towels and ran outside.”
Police said a 3-year-old girl was critically injured and transported to a local hospital. Two others — a 21-year-old woman and a 9-year-old girl — also were hospitalized with injuries not thought to be life-threatening, according to the AP.
The incident is the second time in a week that a driver has slammed into a large crowd of people, leaving a trail of carnage and mayhem behind. On Oct. 24, an allegedly suicidal Adacia Chambers killed four people and injured 47 when she rammed her car into a crowd celebrating the Oklahoma State homecoming parade.
The crash in the Bronx also occurred without warning, giving victims almost no time to react.