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Holbrook, AZ - Summer Vacation Turns Deadly For Two Borough Park Girls (photo of accident)

Published on: August 11, 2015 01:12 PM
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Borough Park residents, 26 year old Hindy Spira and 24 year old Raizel Morgenstern were both pronounced dead at the scene Borough Park residents, 26 year old Hindy Spira and 24 year old Raizel Morgenstern were both pronounced dead at the scene

Holbrook , AZ - Arizona police have confirmed the deaths of two young women from Brooklyn last night in a horrific collision at the intersection of State Routes 77 and 377.

Lieutenant Jack Arend of the Holbrook Police Department said 26 year old Hindy Spira and 24 year old Raizel Morgenstern were both pronounced dead at the scene after their rental car was hit by a tractor trailer. 

Two other girls, identified as Suri Mayerowitz and Miriam Meyer, were injured in the crash.  Meyer, daughter of Misaskim’s Yanky Meyer, was flown to Flagstaff Medical Center while Mayerowitz was originally transported to the Little Colorado Medical Center in Winslow and then taken to Flagstaff Medical Center for non-medical reasons. Both are expected to survive.

The accident took place yesterday at 4:46 PM in Holbrook. Morgenstern, who was driving a rented blue Jeep Cherokee was heading east on State Route 377, came to a stop at the intersection of State Route 77 and then proceeded into the intersection directly into the path of an oncoming tractor trailer.

“She didn’t see the truck coming,” Arend told VIN News.  “She pulled out to make a left turn and he wasn’t able to stop in time.”

The truck, a Kenwirth tractor trailer typically used to haul dirt, was empty at the time but Arend estimated the weight of the vehicle at approximately 32,000 pounds.

“It hit almost dead center of the driver’s door, but it crumpled it dead center,” said Arend. “That vehicle didn’t look like a Jeep Cherokee when we got there.”

Both Spira and Morgenstern were seated in the front seat of the car at the time of the crash.

The girls had spent Shabbos in Los Angeles with Rochie Engel, a friend who relocated from Brooklyn to California.  Mrs. Engel said that she had helped the girls plan their trip.

“I could not have asked for better friends,” said Mrs. Engel. “So smart,  great personality.  Funny. They would help in any way so gracefully and graciously. They had the kindest, purest hearts and souls.”

According to Mrs. Engel, Spira and Mayerowitz were both graduates of Tomer Dvorah in Borough Park.  Morgenstern was a graduate of Bais Bracha while Meyer graduated from Bais Yaakov of Borough Park.

Arend said that the group had rented the vehicle in Los Angeles on August 5th and were due to return it this past Sunday.  The girls kept the car longer and were coming to Holbrook to visit the Petrified Forest National Park located east of Holbrook when the crash took place.

Police released this photo of the accidentPolice released this photo of the accident

Sun glare does not appear to have played any role in the fatal collision, according to Arend who said that a heavy rain had just passed through the area and that weather was overcast with some sprinkles when the accident occurred.

Volunteers from Misaskim Los Angeles drove through the night, making the eight hour trip to Holbrook. One member is staying with Meyer and Mayerowitz in Flagstaff, while the other two continued on to Holbrook, spending over three hours cleaning the accident scene.

Sruly Garfinkel, president of Misaskim Los Angeles, said that based on volunteers’ reports, Meyer and Mayerowitz are fortunate to have escaped with their lives.

“They told me that if you looked at the car you would have expected the situation to be much worse,” said Garfinkel.

Two Misaskim members are currently at the morgue and will remain there until family members arrive to escort Spira and Morgenstern home for burial.

“I understand that Spira has two brothers that are on the way and that a private plane will be taking them back to New York,” said Garfinkel.

The levaya of Hinda Spira bas R’ Yitzchok will be held tonight at Shomeri Hadas at 10 PM. The aron will go thereafter to the New Square bais hachaim.


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 Aug 11, 2015 at 01:18 PM Aron1 Says:

BD"E. So sad.
Please, no "know-it-all" comments. Please.

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 Aug 11, 2015 at 01:19 PM OyGevald Says:

Hashem yerachem!

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 Aug 11, 2015 at 01:23 PM Anonymous Says:

such a horrible, heartbreaking tragedy. bd"e

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 Aug 11, 2015 at 01:29 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Aron1 Says:

BD"E. So sad.
Please, no "know-it-all" comments. Please.

Truly sad but what "know it all comments" are you seeking to discourage? The article is fairly explicit as to the cause of the accident so no need for speculation.

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 Aug 11, 2015 at 01:29 PM judyme Says:

These girl were diamonds!!! They should be a meilitz Yosher for all single girls and boys out there and to the rest of klal yisroal.

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 Aug 11, 2015 at 01:30 PM 54321 Says:

Awful!!! Hamomokom yerachem..

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 Aug 11, 2015 at 01:31 PM Texas_Eli Says:

BDE

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 Aug 11, 2015 at 01:33 PM devastated Says:

Hashem should please heal those who can be healed and give koach to the families. it is an unbelievable tragedy, that should give us all pause to reflect how short life is and we should make the most out of every day. None of know if we will be here tomorrow. And, please, LET US ALL TRY TO GET MORE INVLOVED IN SHIDUCHIM. it is baffling how these girls are single, all of them beautiful, smart, wonderful girls. Please it should be a zchus for them!!

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 Aug 11, 2015 at 01:45 PM Yoely Says:

Thank you VIN for bring us the real story and not Copy past for what's app like all others out there! Terrible ! Sad sad :( :(

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 Aug 11, 2015 at 01:43 PM ShmutzVesh Says:

I am crying ! I'm so sorry for these parents . We are all crying with you. Oy vay. This is just to much to bear.

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 Aug 11, 2015 at 01:55 PM albroker Says:

oy meh hoyo lonu, young beautiful people lives cut short.

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 Aug 11, 2015 at 03:05 PM Anonymous Says:

BDH. Life can change in a split second we should all more appreciate it.

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 Aug 11, 2015 at 03:07 PM Insider Says:

It could have been any one of us. HaMakon Yenachem !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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 Aug 11, 2015 at 03:15 PM curious Says:

So sad. They looked like nice kids.

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 Aug 11, 2015 at 03:13 PM momanon Says:

Reply to #5  
judyme Says:

These girl were diamonds!!! They should be a meilitz Yosher for all single girls and boys out there and to the rest of klal yisroal.

amen!!!

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 Aug 11, 2015 at 03:00 PM rationalman Says:

Hashem us telling us something...it is not necessarily the same thing to each of us...just listen and try to improve on something in some way...

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 Aug 11, 2015 at 03:20 PM אוי! אוי! געוואלט Says:

אוי מי יוכל לראות צער הוריהם,
אוי כלל ישראל כל אחד בוכה ומשתתף בצעריהם,
אוי מי יתן נחמה לאב ואמו של הנפטרים היקרים,
אוי ה'! אוי ה'! למה פניך תסתיר לנצח, ולמה יחשבו הגוים איה אלהיהם,
אני מאמין בתחיית המתים, שהקב"ה אפשר להחיות המתים הללו היום עוד לפני קבורתם,
וישלח ה' נחמה שלימה למשפחה החשובה, ומי שאמר לעולמי די יאמר לצרותינו די,
אמן.

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 Aug 11, 2015 at 04:41 PM אם בתולה מעמיו יקח Says:

Beautiful Girls with holy Souls, ready to be future Mommy's, left this world empty no children. we should all klal yisroel come out today to funereal of the to holy beautiful girls, and cry & cry to Hashem that we can't anymore, the gulas is enough, we just cant anymore. Hashem! stop hiding from us, we just cant anymore. klal yisroel was never so holy like these days with all the shmutz on the internet and on the world. we Jewish girls just wait to get marry like you told us in your torah, we waited to do your will, so why did you take this away from us, Hashem! we just cant anymore.

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 Aug 11, 2015 at 05:07 PM ChasidicTzioni Says:

What a churban. This is the second Gerrer levaya of a young girl this week. Both very close friends. Terrible.

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 Aug 11, 2015 at 03:36 PM So Devastating Says:

Such beautiful, sweet faces - you can see their refinement and goodness on their faces.

May Hashem comfort their families for this terrible loss and may our people be blessed only with happy occasions and good news.

There, for the grace of G-d, go all of us. Let's treasure each day and count every blessing.

What a loss.

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 Aug 11, 2015 at 05:13 PM ChasidicTzioni Says:

This is what Der Eibishter said to Moshe, Bikroivei Ani Mekadesh. With my closest will I make a Kiddush Hashem. With the holiest of Klal Yisroel.

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 Aug 11, 2015 at 05:33 PM LashonTov Says:

Reply to #16  
rationalman Says:

Hashem us telling us something...it is not necessarily the same thing to each of us...just listen and try to improve on something in some way...

Unfortunately even though Hashem tells us repeatedly, nobody wants to hear what He says. Then when tragedies like this occur everybody cries but unlike Yehoshua after the defeat at the city of Ai, no one will do what needs to be done.

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 Aug 11, 2015 at 06:12 PM savtainsandiego Says:

May each of these heilikah neshamot rest blissfully in Gan Eden where they will certainly be meilitza yoshera for their families, friends, and Klal Yisroel. Refuah shelayma - physical and emotional healing to the injured girls and their families.

To all the mourners:
Hamakom yenachem eschem bsoch sha'ar aveilei Tzion v'Yerushalayim.

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 Aug 11, 2015 at 06:31 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #8  
devastated Says:

Hashem should please heal those who can be healed and give koach to the families. it is an unbelievable tragedy, that should give us all pause to reflect how short life is and we should make the most out of every day. None of know if we will be here tomorrow. And, please, LET US ALL TRY TO GET MORE INVLOVED IN SHIDUCHIM. it is baffling how these girls are single, all of them beautiful, smart, wonderful girls. Please it should be a zchus for them!!

Baffling? Hashem knows what he's doing, and will send them their zivugim iy"H when He determines is the right time. There's no purpose to wondering, being baffled, etc. just have emunah that all He does is good.

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 Aug 11, 2015 at 06:34 PM Not helpful Says:

Reply to #8  
devastated Says:

Hashem should please heal those who can be healed and give koach to the families. it is an unbelievable tragedy, that should give us all pause to reflect how short life is and we should make the most out of every day. None of know if we will be here tomorrow. And, please, LET US ALL TRY TO GET MORE INVLOVED IN SHIDUCHIM. it is baffling how these girls are single, all of them beautiful, smart, wonderful girls. Please it should be a zchus for them!!

Those types of attitudes make older singles feel like failures and nebachs. B"H they don't sit at home depressed just because they haven't yet met their bashert. They're out there doing chessed, having fun and living their lives normally while they aren't yet married. Why make it seem like they're to be pitied ? Do you think that's helpful?

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 Aug 11, 2015 at 06:40 PM Anonymous Says:

BD"E. May Yankie Meyer's huge u paralleled chesed towards Klal Yisroel be a big zchus for a refua shelaima for his daughter and the other surviving girl. Does anyone know their conditions? Names for thillim?

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 Aug 11, 2015 at 07:05 PM JUST CRY & CRY Says:

no words, can't stop to cry, what does hashem wants from us again, we suffered so much in gulas, we do all your mitzvas, we have no nuvi who speaks with hashem to know what he wants, and we never gave up our believing in hashem, so this alone should wake up hashem and brings us an end to all gulas.

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 Aug 11, 2015 at 08:58 PM Anonymous Says:

Heartbroken shaken in tears but yet tomorrow or the day after that we wake up as if nothing ever happened how can we all make a brazen statement saying we care and feel the family’s pain when the truth is we view it as just another news story so why can’t we truly care this time around and befor clicking the x on the conner of our screen take upon ourselves something small some change to our lives something that will show we truly care that it’s not just a news story then when Hashem sees we truly care we will for sure one step closer to moshiach

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 Aug 11, 2015 at 09:40 PM naisgal Says:

Reply to #8  
devastated Says:

Hashem should please heal those who can be healed and give koach to the families. it is an unbelievable tragedy, that should give us all pause to reflect how short life is and we should make the most out of every day. None of know if we will be here tomorrow. And, please, LET US ALL TRY TO GET MORE INVLOVED IN SHIDUCHIM. it is baffling how these girls are single, all of them beautiful, smart, wonderful girls. Please it should be a zchus for them!!

AMEN!

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 Aug 11, 2015 at 09:47 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #24  
Anonymous Says:

Baffling? Hashem knows what he's doing, and will send them their zivugim iy"H when He determines is the right time. There's no purpose to wondering, being baffled, etc. just have emunah that all He does is good.

Please stop focusing on the fact the girls were still single as it touches a chord that is painful to some.

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 Aug 12, 2015 at 12:32 AM debbylm567 Says:

BDE. May the two young women who survived have a full Refuah Shelema. The two young women who did not make it were not only to be identified by a naked ring finger. They should be known by their midos and minds.
May their families and friends soon be smiling through the tears.

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 Aug 12, 2015 at 01:22 AM Observer18 Says:

We definitely can in no way begin to understand the ways of Hashem and why this enormous tragedy happened to these Holy Neshamos.

We also have an obligation to try our best to learn from our own mistakes and those made by others.

After studying the road maps and images of the accident site, I realized that the type of intersection where it happened is very prone to drivers mistakes regardless of age, gender or martial status. When approaching route 77 from route 377 and looking to the right it seems like a one way highway, but when making the left turn, the driver must first drive past THREE lanes of opposite oncoming traffic before completing the turn into the correct traffic flow, which on an unfamiliar road it's extremely hard to gauge where exactly to complete the turn, (for this reason in Israel there are clear markings at every intersection guiding the driver along the turn into the correct lane).

I don't think this issue is stressed enough in driver education courses, and I think we should all pray to Hashem to guide us in our ways, and among other things try the best we can in evaluating the road situations at all times, on the road of life & on traffic roads.

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 Aug 12, 2015 at 09:15 AM Honestly Says:

response to #24, i was at the levaya last night and the brother of the nifteres spoke about the pain the girl suffered bc she didnt find her zivug, and how she went to simchos with a huge smile. Girls want to get married period. this is not to say you cant have a full, meaningful life, which she certainly did. and OF COURSE, Hashem has a zivug for everyone, and a master plan, but people need to get more involved in trying to help older girls/boys. At 120, Hashem might very well ask us, "what did YOU do to try to help???" Hashem should grant all the people involved a nachama, and all of Bnai Yisroel, because we are all affected by thias terrible tragedy. He should please send quickly the ultimate redemption of Moshiach.

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 Aug 14, 2015 at 10:12 AM sombatyonerchosid Says:

What an unspeakable tragedy! My sincere condolences to the families of the departed souls. May the survivors experience a complete physical, emotional and spiritual healing from this devastating mishap.

כל אחת מהן בת מלך מיושרת ובעלת נשמה טהורה ותמימה.
ה' ירחם על המשפחות השכולות וינחמן וירפא את הפצועות בהחלמה שלמה ומהרה.אמן

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