Charges in SUV crash
that killed three

A pregnant woman and a child were among three people killed in an SUV crash that injured six others in New Jersey, authorities said Sunday.

The crash happened Saturday night on Route 15 near an intersection in Jefferson Township. Investigators said the vehicle suddenly swerved and left the roadway before overturning, ejecting several passengers.

Lucila Colon, 62, and Tevia Booth, 11, died at the scene; Julissa Colon, 36, died at a hospital, Morris County prosecutors said. Julissa Colon was five months pregnant, and her fetus didn’t survive. Colon’s sister, Elizabeth Echevarria, said the three victims were members of the same family. Lucila Colon was Booth’s grandmother, Echevarria said.

The SUV’s driver, Luis Torres, 37, of Jersey City, was being held Sunday on $750,000 cash bail. He is charged with three counts each of aggravated manslaughter and vehicular homicide and five counts of assault by auto.

Jefferson Township police say Torres admitted that he had been drinking beer for most of the day and said he was trying to pass another vehicle.

Torres and the remaining passengers — all Jersey City residents ages 5 to 40 — suffered moderate to serious injuries.

— Associated Press

Boy’s amoeba case appears to be deadly

Family members of a ­12-year-old boy who was infected by a rare and deadly amoeba say he is on a ventilator.

Zachary Reyna has fought the brain infection for weeks. Family members say he was infected while knee-boarding with friends in a ditch near his family’s home in LaBelle on Aug. 3.

His uncle, Homer Villarreal, said doctors told family members Saturday that the boy’s brain was not showing any activity.

Last week, the family reported on a Facebook page that antibiotics had defeated the infection and tests showed negative activity from the amoeba. But on Sunday, Villarreal said the infection had resulted in extensive brain damage. Barring any changes in the boy’s condition, he said, Zachary’s parents plan to take him off the ventilator. A post on the Facebook page said they will donate Zachary’s organs.

Family members and friends were visiting Reyna on Sunday at Miami Children’s Hospital.

— Associated Press

Girl, 10, recovering from lung transplants

The mother of a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl recovering from two double lung transplants says the girl has been taken off oxygen and is doing well.

Janet Murnaghan said Sunday that her daughter Sarah still gets support from a machine that helps her breathe. Murnaghan said that in the past few days, Sarah has started to walk around the hospital with the aid of a walker and has even gone outside briefly.

The Newtown Square girl with end-stage cystic fibrosis received the transplants at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia after a federal judge intervened in her parents’ lawsuit challenging national transplant rules.

Sarah’s first set of adult lungs failed after a transplant June 12. A second set was transplanted three days later.

— Associated Press

Gunfight on New Jersey train: Three people were shot and wounded during a confrontation aboard a moving PATH train that spilled onto the platform at a northern New Jersey train station. Authorities said a man apparently fell into a woman early Sunday and was confronted by her brother. The man then started shooting and hit the woman in the ankle and another man in the hand before he was shot in the leg. The three New Jersey residents were being treated for wounds. One of them, Tari Turpin, 34, of East Orange, faces multiple charges.

— Associated Press