The couple was pulling out of the parking lot of BJ’s Wholesale Club at the College Point Shopping Mall around 9:15 p.m. when Anthony Ledic, 87, somehow lost control of the 1989 Mercury station wagon he and his wife, Milenka Ledic, 89, were traveling in and crashed into a parked minivan before ramming a light pole head-on. The couple died at the scene, according to the New York Daily News.
It could take several weeks to determine what caused Mr. Ledic to lose control of his car. There were few cars left in the parking lot off located off of 20th Avenue near 137th Street, as the crash occurred less than an hour before closing time, the Daily News reported.
The Ledics were among the first homeowners in their College Point neighborhood some 50 years ago. Anthony was a retired engineer and Milenka was a former pediatrician who ran a practice outside of the couple’s home. Neighbors said they threw the Ledics, described as “wonderful people,” a 50th anniversary block party last summer, according to the New York Post (Post).
An emotional neighbor also expressed concern for the deceased couple’s three cats.
“Oh no, the cats! They have three cats that live inside,” said Angelo Moran, a contractor who had been renovating the couple’s home. “Cookie is [Anthony’s] favorite [cat]. He introduced me to the cat before the wife,” Moran told the Post.