Regional Briefs – July 19, 2016

Fundraiser for Man Injured In Central Park Explosion

NEW YORK – Friends of a Virginia student who lost part of his leg after stepping on a firework in Central Park raised nearly $60,000 as of Tuesday afternoon in a GoFundMe campaign to help with his medical expenses, The Associated Press reported. The goal is $75,000.

 Trump Delivers Fundraising Help for NJ Republicans

TRENTON – Donald Trump has delivered for New Jersey Republicans. In a Federal Election Commission filing, the state GOP says it raised $831,000 from April through June, much of it in May, when Trump headlined a $25,000 per-person fundraiser. The money allowed the party to pay off most of its debt.

Driver Electrocuted When Live Power Lines Fall on Her Car

FANWOOD, N.J. – A driver was electrocuted Monday when live power lines fell on her car during a storm, The Associated Press reported. The 26-year-old Plainfield woman swerved to avoid a fallen tree. The wires then unexpectedly fell on her car, and she was killed when she tried to get out of the vehicle.

Mom Leaves Toddler in Hot SUV While She Shopped

NEWBURGH, N.Y. – A woman was arrested Sunday for leaving her 2-year-old son in her SUV for more than a half hour while she shopped in a Hudson Valley store, the Daily Freeman reported. A 911 caller said they saw an unattended child crying in a vehicle in which the temperature topped 100 degrees.

Animal Park Owner Fatally Trampled by Antelope

VARYSBURG, N.Y. – The owner of an exotic animal park was fatally trampled by an antelope Monday, The Associated Press reported. The tragedy occurred as Hans Boxler, 81, was feeding his animals, including camels, zebras and ostriches. The family is in shock since Boxler understood his animals’ nature.