According to authorities and a published report, a valued Brooklyn rabbi has been identified as one of the two men killed in a wrong-way accident on the New York State Thruway this week.
Rabbi Yehuda Weinstock, 67 — a longtime aide to Grand Rebbe Zalman Teitelbaum of the Satmar congregation in Williamsburg — was killed in a clash early Tuesday in the town of Tuxedo, Orange County, according to police and a report from Yeshiva World.
Weinstock was driving a 2022 Nissan Altima in the southbound lanes between exit 16 to Harriman and exit 15A to Sloatsburg around 1 a.m. Tuesday morning when the fatal accident occurred, New York State Police said.
Another driver, George Gonzalez, 68, of Dumont, NJ, somehow entered the southbound lanes while driving north in a 2017 Toyota Rav-4, authorities said.
Gonzalez ran into Weinstock’s path – which caused his Toyota to burst into flames, cops said.
Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene by the Orange County Medical Examiner’s office.
According to the WCBS, Weinstock’s funeral was held hours later at the Satmar Synagogue in Williamsburg.
The rabbi is highly regarded in the community, locals told the broadcaster.
Gonzalez’s relatives were too distraught to speak to the network.
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