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May 20, 2019

Bronx driver sentenced in Halloween crash that killed 3 including 10-year-old girl out trick-or-treating

October 6, 2018
A Halloween crash killed Louis Perez, his 10 yr-old granddaughter, Nayanna, and Christian Leka, who shoved his little sister, Fiona, out of the way after a car driven by Howard Unger. (Norman Y. Lono for New York Daily News)

A Bronx man who killed a 10-year-old girl and two other people when his car plowed into a group of Halloween trick-or-treaters in 2015 was sentenced Friday to four to 12 years in jail.

Howard Unger, 55, lost control of his car when he suffered an epileptic seizure — and the accident might have been prevented had he taken his anti-seizure drug, Bronx prosecutors said.

Unger’s car jumped a curb on Morris Park Ave. and mowed down a group of pedestrians that included Louis Perez, 65; Perez’s 10-year-old granddaughter, Nyanna Aquil; and Kristjan Leka, 24.

All three were killed in the crash.

Perez was a retired Army veteran, who was honored with a Purple Heart for his service in Vietnam. His granddaughter was trick-or-treating in a cat costume.

Several years earlier, Unger crashed another car after failing to take his anti-seizure medication. His mother, a passenger in the vehicle, was seriously hurt.

A Bronx jury found Unger guilty of three counts of second-degree manslaughter.

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