Lawrence, NY - Fatal Crash Takes Life Of Elderly Jewish Man (video)
Last updated on: November 28, 2015 09:30 PM
Lawrence, NY - An 82 year old Orthodox Jewish man died last night crossing a busy highway in Lawrence.
Theodore Schiffman, a long time fixture in the community who spent the majority of his time in Century Village in Boca Raton, was crossing the Nassau Expressway at Broadway at 5:45 PM last night when he was hit by a car traveling south on the highway. Schiffman was taken to a local hospital. He was pronounced dead there at 8:32 p.m.
Nassau County Police said that Schiffman had just passed the center median on the roadway when the accident took place. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead almost three hours later.
The 66 year old driver of the 2013 Dodge remained on scene while police conducted a safety check of his vehicle, which revealed that the car was operating properly at the time of the crash. The vehicle was released to the driver and police said that there is no criminality indicated in the accident at this time.
One Far Rockaway resident remembered Schiffman as a dedicated member of the Lawrence/Far Rockaway community who was one of the builders of the White Shul.
Video credit: Jim Staubitser/VINNews.com)
Rabbi Yitzchak Dahan, a fellow Century Village resident, said that Schiffman had a deep love for Israel and that he was exceptionally warm and friendly.
“Everybody loved him,” Rabbi Dahan told VIN News. “He was very kind and always had a good word to say. He did a lot of chesed and gave a lot of tzedaka, but it was always done quietly.”
Schiffman was a regular at the Daf Yomi shiur in Century Village.
“He attended every single day,” said Rabbi Dahan. “When I gave the shiur he was the first one there all the time. He had a lot of respect and was a very special person. This is a great loss.”
Schiffman’s grandson Zachary Baker posted a picture on Facebook just over two weeks ago, showing the octogenarian dressed in a military uniform saluting, with the following words:
“Thank you Beepa for always fighting to protect our country and always keeping us safe. After escaping Poland and surviving a long and harsh 5 years in Siberia, he made it safely to the U.S. Only 7 years later did he decide to fight for his new home. Talk about patriotism.”
Schiffman leaves behind his wife Miriam, three children and numerous grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements for Schiffman have not been announced yet.
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