Tuesday afternoon around 3:00 pm, an elderly couple brought their car to a car wash located next to the Mobile gas station on Avenue U and Gerritsen Avenue in Marine Park. As their car was coming out of the car wash it was hit by a black Jeep that had been left in neutral. The elderly couple were inspecting the damages on their car when a 61 year old employee of the car wash got behind the wheel of the black Jeep. He backed the Jeep up in the garage and hit a wall of the building, then for some unknown reason he drove forward speeding, striking the couple and crashing into their car. The impact was so strong that the couple’s car then crashed into two other parked cars across the street. The car wash employee then backed up again and drove forward again striking the woman for the second time. He repeated the same back and fourth maneuver for a third time before car wash employees were able to stop him and get him out of the car. The 85 year old woman identified as Joane Tornabene died at the scene of the accident. Her 90 year old husband, Frank Tornabene was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. The police are still trying to figure out the reason why the car wash employee behaved so erratically.
This is the second time in a week that someone was struck by a vehicle at a NYC car wash. A car wash worker lost his leg on Saturday in Queens . The man was wiping down a vehicle when he was struck by another car driven by a co-worker.