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February 23, 2014 3:58 pm

Rabbinical Student Run Over, Killed by Brooklyn Garbage Truck

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A 25-year-old Orthodox Jewish rabbinical student was run over and killed by a garbage truck on Sunday while waiting to cross a Crown Heights, Brooklyn intersection, local blogs reported.

The victim, Gedalia Greenzayd, a member of the Chabad chasidic movement, was originally from Vinnitza, Ukraine. His parents were informed shortly after the incident which took place at 9:10 a.m. at the corner of Kingston Avenue and Carroll Street. He was an only child.

Greenzayd was a rabbinical student currently enrolled in a rabbinic program at Morristown, New Jersey’s, Rabbinical College of America, according to Yingy Bistritzky of Crown Heights’s volunteer emergency rescue service Hatzalah.

Chabad blog reported that the young man “was crossing on a green light from the SE corner to NE corner, while the garbage truck simultaneously tried to make a right turn.”

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He “was run over by one of the truck’s rear wheels. He died instantly,” the blog said.

Police concluded that the cause of death was head trauma. The driver of the Sanitation Department vehicle remained at the scene and cooperated with authorities, according to He was not arrested.

“We can confirm that the Department of Sanitation was involved in an accident at this location this morning, which is currently under police investigation,” Chief Keith Mellis of the Department of Sanitation, told VIN News, an Orthodox Jewish blog.

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