Atlantic Beach man plows into Hanukkah party; 14 hurt
Police have released the identity of the man who plowed into a Woodmere Hanukkah party, injuring eight children.
Authorities say 76-year-old Theodore Saretsky, of Atlantic Beach, crashed his BMW SUV into the Woodmere building housing Chabad?s annual Chanukah Wonderland festival around 3 p.m. Thursday. Sources say Saretsky is a psychologist and faculty member at Adelphi University.
Emily Cori, of Woodmere, saw it happen and called 911. ?It was sad because there were a lot of kids against the wall and next thing you know they're all just crying and hysterical and everything is destroyed,? she says.
Saretsky told police he crashed because of a problem with the accelerator. Police say part of the floor mat on the driver?s side rolled up and lodged behind the brake pedal, but in front of the accelerator. When he stepped on the brake, the accelerator was pushed down.
Two of the adults injured in the crash, including a man pinned under the car, are still in serious condition. Police say the children are going to be OK. Police say charges won't be filed against the driver, who was treated and released from the hospital.
AP wire reports contributed to this article.
To see footage of the crash scene and an extended interview with a mechanic on the cause of the crash, go to Channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.
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