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Canton, NY - Fatal Crash Claims Life of Jewish Canadian Scientist

Published on: September 2, 2016 02:34 PM
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Canton, NY - A head on collision late Thursday night in upstate New York took the life of a respected Canadian Orthodox Jewish scientist.
Dr. Michael Linderman was driving east on Route 68 in Canton, New York when he was hit by an 82 year old driver traveling in the opposite direction, according to TheEagle.com.

Police said that the westbound driver crossed into the eastbound lanes to pass a car waiting to make a left turn across the two lane highway when he struck Linderman’s car.

Both men were driving Honda Fits and were declared dead at the scene.  Police are continuing to investigate the crash scene and the road is expected to be closed until 5 PM today.

Dr. Linderman lived in Ottawa and made the 45 minute daily commute to Ogdensburg, New York, where he worked as president and chief scientist at Norconnect, Inc.

A Russian immigrant, Dr. Linderman was involved in developing technology used in cloud computing and the internet.  He also created a digital hand that allowed users to input data to their computer using their regular handwriting, reported the Watertown Daily Times. 

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In addition to being used by those who find typing on a keyboard tedious, Dr. Linderman hoped that the glove, which detected electrical impulses from the user’s hand, could be used in prosthetics and to aid those with carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis. 

In his research on the digital glove, Dr. Linderman made several scientific discoveries that are being used to better understand neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s.

His work was recognized by the Michael J. Fox Foundation, the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense.

Rabbi Howard Finkelstein of Beit Tikvah of Ottawa described Dr. Linderman’s death as a terrible loss.

“He was a phenomenal person, a yeray shomayim who had a fine ehrlich family,” Rabbi Finkelstein told VIN News.

The Lindermans left Moscow for Toronto, settling in the Craig Henry neighborhood in Ottawa more than 12 years ago.

Rabbi Finkelstein said that Dr. Linderman, a father of three who had many grandchildren, considered himself to be a Bostoner chosid.

“He would sometimes come to shul in a kapota and a shtreimel,” said Rabbi Finkelstein.  “A person who can preserve his frumkeit in Russia and come out intact is very rare.”

Chesed Shel Emes was called to the accident scene and provided assistance, with police continuing to investigate the crash through this afternoon.


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 Sep 02, 2016 at 04:46 PM bennyt Says:

Both men we're driving Honda Fits? What are the chances that 2 motorists collide while driving the exact same model car. By the way, the Honda Fit is not fit to be called a car. Its tiny size cannot

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 Sep 02, 2016 at 04:53 PM bennyt Says:

An 82 year old driving a Honda Fit doesn't belong on the road for 2 reasons: 1) faculties are no longer working properly and 2) the Honda Fit is a matchbox sized death trap. Also, the Yid who was killed because of the foolish maneuver by the 82 year old driver was also driving the same exact car. He never had a chance!

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 Sep 02, 2016 at 06:32 PM Wannabe Says:

I don't know Dr Linderman but he seems like such an accomplished and fine individual. BD"E. May his family be comforted during this tragic time.

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 Sep 03, 2016 at 02:25 PM Israeli Says:

Reply to #2  
bennyt Says:

An 82 year old driving a Honda Fit doesn't belong on the road for 2 reasons: 1) faculties are no longer working properly and 2) the Honda Fit is a matchbox sized death trap. Also, the Yid who was killed because of the foolish maneuver by the 82 year old driver was also driving the same exact car. He never had a chance!

82 year olds do not belong driving bichlal. Enough said.

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 Sep 04, 2016 at 12:49 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
bennyt Says:

An 82 year old driving a Honda Fit doesn't belong on the road for 2 reasons: 1) faculties are no longer working properly and 2) the Honda Fit is a matchbox sized death trap. Also, the Yid who was killed because of the foolish maneuver by the 82 year old driver was also driving the same exact car. He never had a chance!

Speak for yourself! not everyone who is 82 has diminished faculties. We have a 93 yo man in our shul who is a holocaust survivor, drives regularly and travels the world and is as sharp as any 35yo and still can drink them under the table at kiddish

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 Nov 13, 2016 at 10:31 AM Darksidi Says:

Just under 5 months ago I had my second motorcycle accident. We were driving through Austria when it suddenly happened. I can’t remember anything from the crash. Only the things that followed.

Apparantly I blacked out or just missed a nothing special really long corner. I drove headfirst into the mountain while overtaking my friends to shoot a video (gopro). I drove too fast as I was overtaking. Though it has to be said there really was no corner to speak of. I just drove straight ahead.

I got picked up by a helicopter. I am told that I spoke with my now wife after 5 hours in the hospital but I can’t remember.

When I woke up in the hospital they told me that I had a double fractured sternum, all of my leftside ribs were broken, double collapsed lung, three blood-clots in my brain, brain contusion, broken collarbone with the assorted muscle tearing in the shoulder, a whiplash and finally a third degree ruptured spleen.

It took 2 hours before I received proper medical care as it was in a really remote location. To be honest, I shouldn’t ahve survived this accident. Normally with a https://www.wesettle.com

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