NEW YORK (JTA) — A New Jersey rabbinical student on his way to morning prayers was struck by a garbage truck and killed in Brooklyn.
Gedalia Gruntzweig, 25, a student at Tiferes Bachurim, a Chabad-Lubavitch yeshiva in Morristown, was visiting friends in Crown Heights on Sunday for a pre-wedding party.
Gruntzweig, a Ukraine native, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Cars driving near the scene indicated that Gruntzweig had the right of way, but witnesses said the truck driver, who was attempting to make a right turn, did not see him, according to the New York Daily News. The driver remained at the scene and no summonses were issued.
The Department of Sanitation released a statement sending its “deepest condolences to the family … and the entire Crown Heights community.”