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Crown Heights 25 Years Later

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August 18, 2016  /  Gilad Atzmon

By Eve Mykytyn

On August 19, 1991, a car driven by Yosef Lifsh, was part of a three car motorcade escorting Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, then the leader of the Lubavitcher sect of Hasidic Judaism.

The motorcade passed through Crown Heights, New York led by police officers in an unmarked car with police lights.

Lifsh’s car reached the corner of President Street and Utica Ave, and ran through (depending on whom you believe) either a yellow or red light. The car was hit and smashed into a building on President Street, knocking down a 600 pound stone pillar. Two seven year old cousins who were playing on the sidewalk were pinned by the car; Gavin died instantly and Angela ultimately survived but sustained severe injury.

Lifsh claimed that he immediately jumped out of the car to try to help the children. However, the…

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