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Investigation Into Fatal Accident Continues

Driver may have had a pet dog with her at the time of the accident.

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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Ed T September 21, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Pandering politician to file bill that mandates all dogs to wear seat belts in 3.....2.....1.....Go!
Dan F September 21, 2012 at 01:55 PM
From what I've read in other papers, NJ already has a law prohibiting pets to be loose in the car.
gary September 21, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Multiple witnesses have said she was drivnig at excesive speed. Why no charges?
ANONYMOUS September 21, 2012 at 05:56 PM
WHY DO THESE REPORTS CONTINUE TO LEAVE OUT THEY WERE WALKING ON THE SIDEWALK?! THE RECKLESSNESS OF THIS DRIVER IS APPARENT; VARIOUS REPORTS HAVE SAID: EXCESSIVE SPEED, HAZARD LIGHTS ON, DOG IN CAR, CONTINUING AFTER IMPACT, TRYING TO BEAT THE LIGHT. ANY INVESTIGATION ABOUT CELL PHONE USAGE LETS GO FOR A FULL HOUSE OF NEGLIGENT MANSLAUGHTER.
Madeline September 21, 2012 at 06:50 PM
New Jersey is the only state where driving with pets loose in the car is a violation of law. Not only is it a danger to the animals to be loose in the car, but transportation experts consider it a contributor to distracted driving. Drivers who do not secure their pet can face a ticket of $250 to $1,000 and up to six months in jail, according to a news release from the state Motor Vehicle Commission.
Madeline September 21, 2012 at 06:52 PM
And why is making sure the dog is safely secured a bad idea, Ed T? If the dog distracted this driver (and the investigation is still ongoing), then the law makes sense.
Michele W. September 27, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Why no charges? The recklessness is evident. At minimum, gross negligence, violation of speeding, failure to restrain pet in car, failure to control vehicle, resulting in the death and injury of pedestrians who were lawfully on the sidewalk.
Deb M. October 03, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Is it just me or am I missing something? Another fatal car accident in East Brunswick yesterday, and the driver is charged. Why no charges in this accident? Doesn't the law say that a driver must be in control of their car at all times?

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