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Published on: September 7, 2015 05:54 PM
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Sullivan County, NY - Three people are dead in an upstate Sullivan County collision that took place late this afternoon.

State police told VIN News that six people were involved in the single car crash which took place in the vicinity of exit 112, Yankee Lake - Masten Lake, on Route 17.

“The driver of the car lost control of the vehicle,” Trooper Steven Nevel, public information officer for the New York State Police told VIN News.  A state police investigation is currently underway at the accident scene.  There were no adverse weather conditions at the time of the accident.

The three dead are Lower East Side residents Morris Faitelewicz, his wife Beth and their future son in law, Yehuda Bayme of Riverdale.

Morris Faitelewicz was renowned for his volunteerism and was an active member of Hatzolah who was well known as ES17.  Faitelewicz sat on Community Board 3, rising through the ranks to become its vice chairperson and also served as citywide coordinator and deputy inspector of the NYPD’s Auxiliary Support Emergency Services Rescue Unit.  Commanding officer of the NYPD Auxiliary Volunteer EMS Unit in the area of the World Trade Center, Faitelewicz supervised units at Ground Zero for almost nine months, earning both a Port Authority Exceptional Service Award and a proclamation from the City Council for his efforts.

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Beth Faitelewicz, a registered nurse at Beth Israel Medical Center for over 29 years, was not scheduled to work on 9/11 but she walked a mile and a half to Beth Israel in order to be on hand when the anticipated casualties arrived at the hospital, according to an article published in 2011 by Advanced Healthcare Network for Respiratory Care and Sleep Medicine.  Living in Lower Manhattan and working so close to Ground Zero, 9/11 played an enormous part in the lives of the entire family.

“Even today, it’s hard for me to go near there,” said Mrs. Faitelewicz. “We had the smell of it for months, the smell of burning, rotting flesh. The dirt on our windows was the same as that from the Holocaust. This was our holocaust.”

The Faitelewicz’s, parents of three children, celebrated their wedding anniversary in June.  A post in honor of the occasion on Mrs. Faitelewicz’s Facebook page reads, “Tomorrow will be our wedding anniversary number 33! I am the luckiest woman to be with Morris Faitelewicz, he is a special husband and a very caring dad. Hope we spend many more happy and healthy years together!”

Yehuda Bayme, a Riverdale resident, was engaged to the Faitelewicz’s only daughter, Shani.  An office manager at Soufeh Capital Partners in New York City, Bayme also taught remedial studies to elementary school students in Brooklyn.

 FILE - In recognition of their extensive involvement in the 9/11 recovery efforts, Sheldon Silver presented an Assembly Proclamation to Catherine McVeigh Hughes of Community Board 1 and Morris Faitelewicz of Community Board Three. The proclamation pays tribute to the rescue and recovery workers who reported to the World Trade Center site to help lift New York from the destruction and despair. May 31, 2012 FILE - In recognition of their extensive involvement in the 9/11 recovery efforts, Sheldon Silver presented an Assembly Proclamation to Catherine McVeigh Hughes of Community Board 1 and Morris Faitelewicz of Community Board Three. The proclamation pays tribute to the rescue and recovery workers who reported to the World Trade Center site to help lift New York from the destruction and despair. May 31, 2012

Lower East Side residents Morris Faitelewicz, his wife Beth at the Lechaim of their Daughter ShaniLower East Side residents Morris Faitelewicz, his wife Beth at the Lechaim of their Daughter Shani
FILE - Morris Faitelewicz in Times Sq in 2009FILE - Morris Faitelewicz in Times Sq in 2009
 Shani Faitelewicz & Yehuda Bayme Shani Faitelewicz & Yehuda Bayme
Shani Faitelewicz & Yehuda Bayme Shani Faitelewicz & Yehuda Bayme

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 Sep 07, 2015 at 06:04 PM Anonymous Says:

Nebach, Hashem Yerachem.

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 Sep 07, 2015 at 06:06 PM Anonymous Says:

השם ישמרינו

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 Sep 07, 2015 at 06:40 PM Yossi Says:

BD"E...what a way to end the summer season
It should be Tichleh shono iklusehu and we should have a coming year of only good news and simches.

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 Sep 07, 2015 at 07:56 PM ConcernedMember Says:

My family has known this family for more than 40 years. I can't even begin to express the heartbreak. All I can do is say tehillim for the 3 children in the hospital for them to have a refuah and for them to have strength for the tough days ahead. I can't think of anything else to say.

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 Sep 07, 2015 at 08:28 PM MyThreeCents Says:

Terrible tragedy, so sad, I am crying for them and their family. They are a kapora for klall Yisroel.

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 Sep 07, 2015 at 08:52 PM Godol-Hador Says:

So so sad.
Hashem yerachem.
Please Hashem stop all the suffering please stop all this terrible pain and please bring Moshiach and the geula shleima now!

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 Sep 07, 2015 at 09:11 PM LESkid Says:

Morris was such a mentsch and Beth was a princess. You would not meet finer people. May the abister bring healing to his children and comfort to Yehuda's parents, Mr & Mrs Steven Bayme and his siblings.

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 Sep 07, 2015 at 10:00 PM Normal Says:

We need to beware and respect the road especially when travelling very fast just like we need to beware and respect deep water. There is no time for sight-seeing, distractions or momentarily falling asleep when travelling hundreds of feet per second.

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 Sep 07, 2015 at 10:36 PM enlightened-yid Says:

Senseless tragedy. BDE.

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 Sep 07, 2015 at 11:06 PM pinktfarkert Says:

Reply to #6  
Godol-Hador Says:

So so sad.
Hashem yerachem.
Please Hashem stop all the suffering please stop all this terrible pain and please bring Moshiach and the geula shleima now!

BD"E
BTW the last time I was informed that Hashem doesn't read this blog.
You can take a Tehilim and make your request.

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 Sep 07, 2015 at 11:17 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
ConcernedMember Says:

My family has known this family for more than 40 years. I can't even begin to express the heartbreak. All I can do is say tehillim for the 3 children in the hospital for them to have a refuah and for them to have strength for the tough days ahead. I can't think of anything else to say.

Beautifully said. This is so tragic.

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 Sep 07, 2015 at 11:18 PM anonymous613 Says:

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Normal Says:

We need to beware and respect the road especially when travelling very fast just like we need to beware and respect deep water. There is no time for sight-seeing, distractions or momentarily falling asleep when travelling hundreds of feet per second.

I don't know how you can call yourself normal. You don't have a clue what caused the accident but decided there was negligence somehow. Maybe his tire blew or there was a small amount of oil on the road causing him to swerve.

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 Sep 07, 2015 at 11:27 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #8  
Normal Says:

We need to beware and respect the road especially when travelling very fast just like we need to beware and respect deep water. There is no time for sight-seeing, distractions or momentarily falling asleep when travelling hundreds of feet per second.

Who said they were falling asleep? Are you nuts?

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 Sep 07, 2015 at 11:41 PM GilaC Says:

Reply to #4  
ConcernedMember Says:

My family has known this family for more than 40 years. I can't even begin to express the heartbreak. All I can do is say tehillim for the 3 children in the hospital for them to have a refuah and for them to have strength for the tough days ahead. I can't think of anything else to say.

Can you post the names of the three children please? Davening for them.

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 12:03 AM eric55 Says:

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enlightened-yid Says:

Senseless tragedy. BDE.

although we are all upset about this you dont call something which hashem decreed a "Senseless tragedy"

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 12:10 AM lazerx Says:

terrible tragedy, terrible!

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 12:50 AM HeshyEmes Says:

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enlightened-yid Says:

Senseless tragedy. BDE.

Enlightened Yid says that this was a "senseless" death.

Enlightened sounds a lot like "I've seen the light!!! Hallelujeh" as in the maskilim! So you don't see G-d's reasons for this one (you understand all the other events and G-d's plans & reasons; but this 1 eludes you! Do us s favor, change your name to "senseless" (I'm not so sure about the Yid part), and then maybe you'll be "enlightened".

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 01:17 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #8  
Normal Says:

We need to beware and respect the road especially when travelling very fast just like we need to beware and respect deep water. There is no time for sight-seeing, distractions or momentarily falling asleep when travelling hundreds of feet per second.

30 mph = 44 feet/second

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 06:06 AM charliehall Says:

The levaya for Yehuda Bayme will be held today, Tuesday, September 8th, at 1:00pm at Hebrew Institute of Riverdale – The Bayit, 3700 Henry Hudson Parkway, Bronx, NY 10463.

A speaker and seats will be set outside on the terrace from where Kohanim can see and hear the service.

Burial will follow at Cedar Park Beth El Cemetery, 735 Forest Avenue in Paramus, NJ 07652.

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 06:20 AM Fathousewife Says:

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enlightened-yid Says:

Senseless tragedy. BDE.

what exactly is a sensible tragedy?

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 06:23 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #8  
Normal Says:

We need to beware and respect the road especially when travelling very fast just like we need to beware and respect deep water. There is no time for sight-seeing, distractions or momentarily falling asleep when travelling hundreds of feet per second.

I cant imagine making such a preachy comment wagging your finger disapprovingly at the driving habits of someone you don't know is patently idiotic. mr and Mrs F were both mature responsible adults and drove as such. Just say Im so sorry to hear about the tragedy that would make you normal

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 09:59 AM mewhoze Says:

Names for Tehillim are : Yaakov Dov Ben Blima Chana; Shoshana Chaya Bas Blima Chana ;Avraham Yosef Ben Blima Chana. May they all have a Refuah Shelaimah-

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 10:03 AM sissel613 Says:

Baruch Dayan HaEmes--My heart aches for Mrs Fs parents whom I have met over the years. There are no words that I can express for the hartzveitug that this tragedy has brought. May they all have a lichtiger Gan Eden and be Meilitzeh Yosher for their families and gantz klal Yisroel.

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 10:46 AM Normal Says:

I am surprised I got so many stupid comments in response to something so simple. All I said that everyone should learn from not only this terrible tragedy, but from all tragedies. When ch'v a baby drowns it is usually avoidable. When people have liver disease from drinking too much alcohol it is avoidable, or doing drugs. etc etc. We should look at these tragedies and try to avoid doing them and warn others about their inherent dangers.

Car accidents are usually avoidable and only happen due to a couple of reasons. It doesn't matter now whose fault it was. They could have been hit by another car who was at fault. I am trying to warn drivers that if everyone didn't do any of these ever : "sight-seeing, distractions or momentarily falling asleep when travelling hundreds of feet per second." then there would be 99% less car accidents.

To the kind person who said that 30mph = 44 ft/sec, even more concentration and care is needed when travelling at two or three times that speed.

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 04:05 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #8  
Normal Says:

We need to beware and respect the road especially when travelling very fast just like we need to beware and respect deep water. There is no time for sight-seeing, distractions or momentarily falling asleep when travelling hundreds of feet per second.

Always an idiot comes along and blames the victim, with no facts whatsoever to support that he was speeding.

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 04:11 PM ActualJew Says:

BDE, what a tragedy. I am sick from reading this. Refuah shalaimah to the survivors. Horrible.

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 04:10 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #24  
Normal Says:

I am surprised I got so many stupid comments in response to something so simple. All I said that everyone should learn from not only this terrible tragedy, but from all tragedies. When ch'v a baby drowns it is usually avoidable. When people have liver disease from drinking too much alcohol it is avoidable, or doing drugs. etc etc. We should look at these tragedies and try to avoid doing them and warn others about their inherent dangers.

Car accidents are usually avoidable and only happen due to a couple of reasons. It doesn't matter now whose fault it was. They could have been hit by another car who was at fault. I am trying to warn drivers that if everyone didn't do any of these ever : "sight-seeing, distractions or momentarily falling asleep when travelling hundreds of feet per second." then there would be 99% less car accidents.

To the kind person who said that 30mph = 44 ft/sec, even more concentration and care is needed when travelling at two or three times that speed.

You'd better quit while you're ahead. You're digging yourself in deeper with each comment, comparing those other examples to an ACCIDENT (do you know what the definition of that word is???), and somehow try to point to negligence on the niftar's part, is sheer insanity, let alone insensitivity, and the height of stupidity,

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 04:07 PM Anonymous Says:

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HeshyEmes Says:

Enlightened Yid says that this was a "senseless" death.

Enlightened sounds a lot like "I've seen the light!!! Hallelujeh" as in the maskilim! So you don't see G-d's reasons for this one (you understand all the other events and G-d's plans & reasons; but this 1 eludes you! Do us s favor, change your name to "senseless" (I'm not so sure about the Yid part), and then maybe you'll be "enlightened".

If you'd have read some of "Enlightenedyid's" posts, you'd know how UNenlightened he is!

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 05:41 PM Benji Says:

I agree with everyone that it is stupid to blame the driver, who was involved in this fatal crash. There has to be a thorough investigation by accident investigators, to determine the cause of the crash. They will do an accident reconstruction if the scene. Many years ago, my late Uncle, who was giving his son pointers on driving, stated "I want you to know, that you are handling two tons of fast, moving steel". One never knows what they will run into on the road. One time, I saw a wheel which had fallen off a car, coming straight at my car, on the highway. Fortunately, I was able to avoid it. Another time, I suffered a Vertigo attack while driving, and I experienced a feeling of the highway bouncing up and down. Fortunately, I was able to drive off the road, and rest. It is up to the Rebonisho shel Olem, what will occur to us while driving. A good Yom Tov to everyone!

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