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Long Island, NY - Two Arrested With Drunk Driving In Accident That Killed Recently Engaged Choson And Kallah

Published on: April 4, 2018 10:11 PM
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Long Island, NY - Two arrests have been made in the horrific crash that took the lives of an engaged Orthodox Jewish couple early this morning in the Five Towns.

Nassau County police said that the five car collision took place at 1:40 AM in Lawrence on the Nassau Expressway between Burnside Avenue and Peninsula Boulevards, with one of the vehicles involved bursting into flames.

The vehicle’s two occupants, who were identified as Elisheva Kaplan of Far Rockaway and Yisroel Levin of Brooklyn, perished in the flames.

Among the five who were taken to area hospitals were two motorists who were charged with drunk driving, reported Newsday (https://nwsdy.li/2El7SnL). 

Both sustained serious injuries and are not expected to be arraigned for several days according to Detective Lieutenant Richard LeBrun of the Nassau County Police Department.

LeBrun said that both vehicles that caused the collision were traveling in the same direction at the time of the accident.  At least one crossed the grassy median and into the oncoming lanes of traffic, with one of the cars going over a guardrail.

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A light rain was falling at the time of the fatal crash and police are investigating whether road conditions or excessive speed played a role in the accident. 

The Nassau Expressway is known to be a popular spot for drag racing and in one incident reported in August 2016 a police officer was injured by a driver going over 100 miles per hour on the highway according to the New York Post (https://nyp.st/2q6PZUF).

Levin and Kaplan on their engagementLevin and Kaplan on their engagement

Nassau Expressway remained closed until 7 PM Wednesday night as police combed the accident scene, which included an usually large debris field that was more than 700 feet long.

LeBrun said that numerous rescue crews and firefighters arrived on scene to help the victims, but were unable to free the young couple.

“They did what they could,” said LeBrun.

The death of the choson and kallah who got engaged just before Pesach, left many in the Jewish community broken hearted and a joint funeral will be held at Yeshiva Darchei Torah at 11 AM Thursday morning.

Kaplan, a graduate of Torah Academy for Girls, will be buried on Long Island, while Yisroel Levin’s body will be flown to Israel for burial after Pesach. 

Darchei Torah has also undertaken a campaign to learn all of Shas over the next month in memory of the young couple.

A friend of Levin’s who spoke to VIN News on condition of anonymity remembered his infectious warmth and unique ability to gladden the hearts of everyone around him.

“I can definitely tell you that wherever Yisroel was, you could be sure the people around him had huge smiles on their faces,” said the friend.  “He was caring to everyone and loved learning and avodas Hashem.  He was just an amazing guy.”

A co-worker of Kaplan’s who also asked to remain anonymous said that he couple had planned to marry at the end of June and intended to relocate to Israel at the end of the summer.

He said that while everyone in the Five Towns office knew about the accident because of the traffic and saw that Kaplan hadn’t come in and wasn’t answering her phone, no one connected the two incidents.

“I got the message from someone and went to check online and saw the picture,” said the co-worker.  “I didn’t believe it at first. All day they were talking about the accident but we assumed no one Jewish had died because no one was saying anything and usually the Jewish news spreads quickly.”

He recalled Kaplan’s maturity, joyous personality and how her mere presence could light up the room.

“She was the nicest person,” said the co-worker.  “She could deal with even the most difficult person in a positive way.”



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 Apr 04, 2018 at 10:29 PM Bde Says:

So sad, I know both families, such wonderful special people. They will truly be missed . Bde

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 Apr 05, 2018 at 01:39 AM Liepa Says:

BDE, so very sad !!!

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 Apr 05, 2018 at 07:47 AM Butterfly Says:

BD"E

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 Apr 05, 2018 at 10:59 AM Educated Archy Says:

Only a shiiala on dark remote roads . And even then only a shiala. Its not a shaila on any NYC or LI road.

Go back to the beis medresh and learn something before spewing am hartazas and fake news

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 Apr 05, 2018 at 11:01 AM Anonymous Says:

You are so so right. Number 2 before you write think; it might be a new experience for you. I just hope the driver get minimum 15 to 20 years. Give him some time to think about what he has done. His passenger should also be given some time for allow a drunk to drive 3 to 5 years ought to smarten him up

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 Apr 05, 2018 at 12:39 PM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

the killers were most definitely black or Latino.

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 Apr 05, 2018 at 01:15 PM Sarah Says:

I disagree

I have 2 non Jewish friends that live in Brooklyn and they said they are so turned off by the Jews by the way they act and I myself am disgusted and turned off as well by how some of them act it’s awful
So it’s not just from the nazis
They think Jews are not good people they see how the Jews treat other people

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 Apr 05, 2018 at 03:14 PM yamsar Says:

Reply to #19  
Sarah Says:

I disagree

I have 2 non Jewish friends that live in Brooklyn and they said they are so turned off by the Jews by the way they act and I myself am disgusted and turned off as well by how some of them act it’s awful
So it’s not just from the nazis
They think Jews are not good people they see how the Jews treat other people

So they should hate people that mistreat other people - not Jews. If the actions of an individual is used to hate and malign an entire group of people then there is an underlying prejudice unrelated to what they are saying. Do they hate all Christians because some Christians mistreat other people?

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 Apr 05, 2018 at 04:21 PM Butterfly Says:

To All of you: Have you all forgotten that it is Chol Ha'Moed and Erev Yom Tov? Please remember what we all started out with -- a terrible tragedy so instead of yelling at each other say a little tehillim this afternoon or tonight if you have a little time!! Hashem would not want you to be at each others throats!! Gut Yom Tov and Gut Shabbos everybody!!

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 Apr 05, 2018 at 06:06 PM Anonymous Says:

Do you by any chance know if there is any way to report comments?

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 Apr 05, 2018 at 06:52 PM yamsar Says:

Reply to #24  
Anonymous Says:

Do you by any chance know if there is any way to report comments?

There is, but it makes no difference.

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 Apr 07, 2018 at 09:56 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #25  
yamsar Says:

There is, but it makes no difference.

I wasn't able to even put the captcha through. I'm sure it was correct, but it said it was wrong.

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