EAST BRUNSWICK – The investigation into a weekend motor vehicle crash that killed two people and injured four others, including the motorist who lost control of her vehicle and struck the five pedestrians as they were walking home from a religious service, continues, 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, authorities identified the driver of the vehicle as Naglaa H. Armanious, 49, of East Brunswick. She was among those injured in the crash in East Brunswick on Sept. 15, but since has been released from hospital care.
Investigator Sean O’Lone of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and Officer Thomas Kniele of the East Brunswick Police Department have determined that the driver was heading west on Dunhams Corner Road when she lost control of her vehicle, a 1998 Toyota Avalon.
According to the investigation, a pet dog owned by the driver was in the Toyota at the time and may have been a contributing factor in the crash. Authorities did not release details since the investigation is continuing.
Two of the pedestrians, married couple Sari F. and Ari D. Horowitz, both aged 51, were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred shortly before 12:30 p.m. on Dunhams Corner Road, near Hardenburg Lane in East Brunswick.
Three other pedestrians and the driver were rushed to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. The three pedestrians, a 27-year-old man, a 52-year-old man and his 50-year-old wife, remain at the hospital and are listed in stable condition. Authorities still have not disclosed the names of the injured pedestrians, all residents of East Brunswick.
Police began the investigation after a 9-1-1 call at 12:30 p.m. alerted them to the crash.
It was determined that the Toyota crashed into a utility pole, struck the five pedestrians and then hit a guardrail. They were walking from a service at Young Israel, a temple on Dunhams Corner Road in East Brunswick when they were struck.
Authorities are asking anyone with information to call Investigator O’Lone of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-732-745-3315, or Officer Kniele of the East Brunswick Police Department at 1-732-390-6900.