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Saturday, September 22, 2012

NJ - Jewish Community Grieves Tragic Accident; Investigators Probe Unrestrained Dog in Car Crash

Family: Ari (left) and Sari Horowitz (right) at the 2009 wedding of their daughter Natanya (center)

A dog riding in a car apparently went berserk, distracted the driver and caused an accident that left two pedestrians dead and injured three.

Naglaa H. Armanious, 49, was driving in East Brunswick, New Jersey on September 15 when her pet dog began acting out. Armanious lost control of her Toyota Avalon, hit a utility pole and then drove straight into a group of Orthodox Jewish pedestrians who were leaving synagogue, the day before Rosh Hashanah - the Jewish New Year.

As a result of the crash, a married couple was killed and three others, including the couple's son, were injured and remain hospitalized.

'The investigation has further shown that a pet dog owned by the driver was in the Toyota at the time and may have been a contributing factor in the crash,' Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan told The Star-Ledger on Thursday night.

No charges have yet been brought against Armanious.

'The details cannot be released at this time since the investigation is continuing,' he added.

Sari and Ari Horowitz, both 51, were killed as they walked away from Shabbat services at the Young Israel synagogue.

Mr Horowitz, who was an insurance agent for Allstate, had served as the president of his synagogue from 2005 to 2007. He and his wife lived part time in Israel.

The Horowitz's 27-year-old Ami was among the injured.

A childhood friend of Ami told the New Jersey Jewish News, Ami was 'devastated by the loss of his parents and concerned for his family and friends.'

The friend also described the family matriarch as a 'wonderful and kind and compassionate ... [she] loved her kids very much and unconditionally.'

The couple also have a daughter, Natanya Tropp. She and her husband Chaim and their two young children live in Israel.

Young Israel’s president, Aron Adams, told the local press that the congregation felt like it 'has lost two of the most vibrant members of the synagogue.'

'It's like losing a family member. It was so sudden … that everyone, including myself, is in a state of shock.'

Dr. Harris Bram, 52, and his wife Hadar Bram, 49, were walking with the Horowitz family at the time of the accident and were also injured.

The Brams, who have five children, are listed in stable condition.

The driver of the car was also hospitalized after the accident but she has since been released.

1 comment:

  1. בע"ה, ג' בתשרי תשע"ג
    Dear my Loving cousin: Ari & Sari

    This last Shabbat, we read in shul
    "אתם ניצבים היום כולכם לפני ה' א-לקיכם, ... כל איש בישראל"
    All of Israel , regardless of their status are - a "Aish". Regardless of their station, no one is up, and no one is down. Every איש gets the same honor from Hashem.
    These words from the Parasha were so accurate, Ari and Sari respecting every person for who they were -
    This Shabbat Right before leaving Shul, you reluctantly agreed to be honored by your congregations. You left shul on Shabbat for the last time, and are no longer NITZAVIM. Today we stand before you, Sadden and broken, standing here to give you a measure of honor so rightly deserved.
    Ari & Sari – Otiot 'Aesh'
    There was no Mitzvah which you did not do without Msirot-Ha-nefesh.
    The Msirot-Ha-nefesh and Aesh hatora in every mitzvah.
    אהבת השם, אהבת העם, אהבת התורה, אהבת ישראל,
    אהבת ארץ ישראל, כיבוד אב ואם, גמילות חסדים ומתן בסתר.
    Loving Hashem, Loving Eretz Yisrael, Loving Am-Yisrael, and above all Loving Family.
    You both worked with a mesirot ha-nefesh that only maalet-tzdikim have. Every one of Ahavat hatora: leaders of the Young-Israel and Bnei Israel congregations in the states. Khilat-Mitzpah-Nevo here in Maaley-Adomim.
    Ahavat-Israel; Your were Bnei-Avika madrichim, shlichim and for the to bring jews to Israel.
    Ahavat Eretz-Israel: coming to Israel with the Hacsara program to Kibbutz Saad. Ari Joined צה"ל as a proud Jew in Israel.

    Ari & Sari you both had the Aesh for Eretz-Israel. Coming back together to live in Israel. With the love to Ahavat Hasem & Haam. You gave Ami the name Ami-Ad Nisim.
    After the untimely loss of your beloved brother Neil Nathan Yechiel Z"L. you went back to help out, putting your life here on hold just to be mekayem the mitzvah of Kibud-Av Va-Em.
    Looking out for the mispacha, putting them together with so much love and hard work, but not forgetting the rest of the mitzvoth that are around.
    With the birth of Natanya – thanking Hashem you both dove into a life of Gmilot-chasadim & matan beseter.
    Driving back and forth to the shore to look out for and check on our aunt Miriam Z"L, making sure that she get the right treatments that that the house was warm in the winter. You would say to me Sari: was there, went there, and will going again this week, where almost the secret code for another Mitzvah that was done.
    You both took care of Uncle Aaron Z"L in his illness, moving him near you so that he will get the best medical care.
    So many acts of Chesed-shel- Emet taking care of the others, putting up your money first then asking others to join the mitzvah
    In Shmuel Bet, King David mourns...
    הנאהבים והנעימים, בחייהם ובמותם לא נפרדו
    מנשרים קלו ומאריות גברו
    The heart of the word NSHARIM is your name SARI and the heart of the next is ARI.

    Ari & Sari your love and marriage was like Adam and Chava in Gan Eden, you had eyes only for each other, and so your names are already sealed in these books for Gan-Eden.

    We all yesterday were asking out
    "שכל המלאכים שהם פועלי תפילות, יביאו תפילתנו לפני כסא כבודך"
    Sy, Mirna, Michael, Aunt Eva, Uncle Yosi, Ami and Natanya

    Ari and Sari will escort our prayers before מלאכי השרת with all the Zatikim in Gan Eden.
    To you Ari & Sari, we found the place were you could go on and look down on your loving brother Neil Z"L which we all loved also.

    נוחו בשלום על משכבותיהם, ותהיו מליצי יושר בעד המשפחה וכל עם ישראל,
    תהא נשמתכם צרורה בצרור החיים, אמן.

    Your love cousin Yoni Reif (Shoham, Israel