Saturday, December 25, 2010
Englewood, NJ - Prominent Orthodox Doctor Killed by Hit-N-Run Driver While Walking to Shul
A 57-year-old anesthesiologist was struck and killed by an SUV as he was crossing Broad Avenue on his way to a synagogue service on Friday, authorities said.
Dr. Paul Kudowitz was taken to Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, said Chief Arthur O’Keefe of the Englewood police.
Police were searching for the SUV, which fled the scene after the accident, heading southbound on Broad Avenue.
Witnesses described it as a large, older model, SUV, possibly a Chevrolet Suburban, said Chief Arthur O’Keefe of the Englewood police. The SUV most likely has front-end damage, he said.
The accident was reported just after 5:30 p.m. near the intersection of Broad Avenue and Allison Court, O’Keefe said.
O’Keefe said he did not know what Kudowitz’s specialty was or where he practiced medicine, but an Internet search yielded several listings for an anesthesiologist named Paul Kudowitz who worked in Astoria, N.Y.
Police did not say where Kudowitz planned to attend services, but Congregation Ahavath Torah is located just three blocks from the accident scene.
Kudowitz, who also worked from an office in Astoria, Queens, was an active member of the Aleh Foundation, which helps disabled children in Israel. He leaves a wife, Ricki, 56, and a daughter, Robyn.
Anyone with information is asked to call Englewood police immediately: (201) 568-2711