A woman who lost control of her car Saturday and hit five pedestrians, killing two, had a pet dog in the vehicle with her, which may have been a contributing factor in the crash, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and William Krause, deputy chief and director of the East Brunswick Police Department, announced Thursday evening.
While no charges have been filed, the driver of the vehicle has been identified as Naglaa H. Armanious, 49, of East Brunswick. She was among those injured in the Sept. 15 crash at the intersection of Dunhams Corner Road and Hardenburg Lane, according to the prosecutor’s office.
Armanious was driving her Toyota west on Dunhams Corner Road when she lost control of her vehicle, crashed into a utility pole, hit the pedestrians, and then hit a guardrail, according to an investigation by Investigator Sean O’Lone of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and Officer Thomas Kienle of the East Brunswick Police Department.
Sari F. Horowitz, 51, of East Brunswick was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:49 p.m. Her husband, Ari D. Horowitz, also 51, was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:58 p.m.
Their son, Amiad, 27, and two others—a 52-year old man and his 50-year-old wife whose names have not been released—were taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital to be treated for serious injuries. All three are listed in stable condition, according to the prosecutor’s office.
The five were walking from a service at Young Israel on Dunhams Corner Road when they were struck. Earlier this week, .
According to the prosecutor’s office, the investigation has further shown that a pet dog owned by the driver was in the Toyota at the time and may have been a contributing factor in the crash. The details cannot be released at this time since the investigation is continuing. Armanious also was taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries but has since been released.
Police began the investigation after a 911 call at 12:30 p.m. alerted them to the crash.
Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator O’Lone of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-745-3315, or Officer Kienle of the East Brunswick Police Department at 732-390-6900.
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