Police are investigating whether the driver suffered a seizure

By Tara Fowler
November 02, 2015 08:35 AM
NBC New York

A seizure or other medical condition may have caused a driver to crash into a group of trick-or-treaters in New York City on Saturday, killing three and injuring three others, authorities say.

Louis Perez, 65, and his 10-year-old granddaughter, Nyanna Aquil, died after the vehicle jumped a curb in the Bronx at around 5 p.m., according to the Associated Press. Kristian Leka, 24, was also killed as he walked hand-in-hand with his 9-year-old sister, Fiona.

“There was a family of kids trick-or-treating, walking behind me,” witness Kristina DeJesus told WABC. “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.”

Nyanna Aquil and Louis Perez

Police are looking into whether the driver, identified as Howard Unger, may have suffered a medical issue prior to the crash, such as a seizure, The New York Times reports. He was taken to the hospital in stable condition on Saturday evening. No charges have been filed against him.

Perez’s 3-year-old granddaughter was rushed to the hospital, along with Leka’s 21-year-old fiancée and his 9-year-old sister. They are expected to recover.

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Perez had taken his two granddaughters out for a second round of trick-or-treating while their mother was at work.

“Nyanna was a happy person, she was a beautiful life,” her mother, Natalia Perez, said at a vigil Sunday night, according to The Wall Street Journal. “I know that she’s with my dad and I know that they’re going to walk through heaven together.”