LI couple killed after son suffers seizure while driving

An Amityville couple is dead after their son suffered a seizure while driving to Thanksgiving dinner, causing a fatal car wreck. Police said Alexander Montgomery, 50, was driving his 87-year-old parents

News 12 Staff

Nov 24, 2007, 12:54 AM

Updated 6,088 days ago

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An Amityville couple is dead after their son suffered a seizure while driving to Thanksgiving dinner, causing a fatal car wreck.
Police said Alexander Montgomery, 50, was driving his 87-year-old parents through Copiague Thursday when he apparently suffered a seizure. Montgomery lost control of the vehicle and crossed the double-yellow line on Straight Path near Sunrise Highway. The car crashed into a cement block at a gas station, crushing it.
James and Margaret Montgomery were killed in the wreck. Their son is being treated for broken ribs and internal injuries at Good Samaritan Hospital.
"I'm gonna miss them," said the couple's home health aide Sondra Jarvis. "I felt like they [were] my extended family or something."
Neighbor and family friend Walter Kretz remembers James Montgomery fondly. Montgomery was a retired Amityville judge who left Harvard to volunteer as a World War II infantryman.
"Jim's been out here walking with his walker for months after a serious illness," Kretz said. "I think it was just an inspiration to everybody that he was determined to get back his strength and remain active."


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