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Dog May Have Played a Role in Crash That Struck Five Pedestrians in NJ

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Posted on Oct 09, 2012

Police believe that a pet dog that may have contributed to a woman losing control of her vehicle and causing a fatal pedestrian car accident in East Brunswick last Saturday.

Investigator Sean O’Lone of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and Officer Thomas Kniele of the East Brunswick Police Department believe that Naglaa H. Armanious was driving west on Dunhams Corner Road when she was distracted by her dog, which was loose in the vehicle. 

49-year-old Armanious lost control of her 1998 Toyota Avalon, striking a utility pole before hitting five pedestrians in the Hardenburg Lane intersection around 12:30 p.m.

Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and William Krause, deputy chief and director of the East Brunswick Police Department, said the five pedestrians were walking home from a service at Young Israel of East Brunswick. Sari and Ari Horowitz, both 51, were walking with their son and two family friends when they stopped at the intersection about three-quarters of a mile from the synagogue.

The Horowitzes were struck head on, and both were pronounced dead at the scene.

Armanious was also injured in the crash, along with two more pedestrians. She has since been released from the hospital. 

New Jersey law states that it is illegal to drive with animals loose in the car. Drivers found with unsecured pets face a ticket of $250 to $1,000 and up to six months in jail. The investigation into the crash is ongoing, and no charges have yet been filed.

The attorneys and staff at Manfred F. Ricciardelli Jr. wish to extend their deepest condolences to the victims’ family as we keep them in our thoughts and prayers.

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