Elderly driver crashes into crowded Hanukkah event

Fourteen people were injured, at least four seriously, Thursday when a 78-year-old driver lost control and slammed into a crowded Hanukkah event in Woodmere. The Chanukah Wonderland, presented by the

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Dec 26, 2008, 5:57 PM

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Fourteen people were injured, at least four seriously, Thursday when a 78-year-old driver lost control and slammed into a crowded Hanukkah event in Woodmere.
The Chanukah Wonderland, presented by the Chabad of the Five Towns, featured games, food, crafts and a theater. Police say Theodore Saretsky was driving northbound on Broadway just before 3 p.m. when his car veered left, hit a parked car and went through the window of the building housing the celebration. The vehicle came to a stop after hitting the back wall.
More than 150 people were at the event. Several were airlifted to hospitals and others were treated on the scene. Police say those severely injured range in age from 18 months to 40.
One man became pinned underneath the car and had to be pulled out by emergency officials and others who were at the party.
Saretsky was treated and released from the hospital for injuries he sustained in the accident. Police say he is not being charged.


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