Grandfather killed, wife and grandkids hurt by out-of-control car in Queens

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Wednesday, September 6, 2023
Family left mourning after fatal accident caused by out-of-control car
Police are investigating a crash in Queens that killed a man and seriously injured his wife and young grandchildren. Anthony Carlo has the latest.

GLEN OAKS, Queens (WABC) -- Police are investigating a crash in Queens that killed a man and seriously injured his wife and young grandchildren.

Officials say the crash happened at 260th Street and 73rd Avenue around 4 p.m. Tuesday. The man, 67-year-old Sam Amorese of Floral Park, was unloading his car at the time.

Police say Amorese was fatally hit by a car and pinned between two vehicles. His 1-year-old grandson and 65-year-old wife both suffered serious leg injuries.

Amorese's wife was taken to Long Island Jewish Medical Center with a leg injury. Their grandson, who also suffered a leg injury was taken to Cohen Children's Medical Center.

They are listed in serious, but stable condition. Amorese's 5-year-old granddaughter suffered minor scratches on her body and was also taken to Cohen Children's Medical Center.

"This car must have just lost control, hit them as they were getting out of the car. It's crazy," one resident said.

A child's shoe and car seat littered the ground at the scene of the crash.

Officials have not said whether speed was a factor, but there is indication that the 39-year-old driver who caused the crash may have suffered a medical episode behind the wheel.

The driver told police that he blacked out before losing control of his Pathfinder. Authorities say he was taken to a hospital, complaining of chest pains.

Family friend Carla Meccio says Amorese was doing what he loved. He and his wife had just finished taking their grandkids to a mini waterpark behind Glen Oaks when the crash happened.

"Too hard to even think about, the kids, the kids are going to be devastated," Meccio said. "They loved their grandfather. Loved him. They spent a lot of time as grandparents with their grandchildren. A lot."

Neighbors say road safety in this quiet area has become quite an issue. They say they see people speeding all the time.

"They still speed down the street. They don't care if the speed bumps are there, they're still flying through here," one neighbor said.

That driver stayed at the scene after the crash. No charges have been filed against him so far, authorities said.

The investigation is ongoing.


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