NJ Jewish Couple Killed While Walking Home from Synagogue

A husband and wife who were returning home from synagogue in East Brunswick this past Shabbat, were struck by a car and killed.

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Ari and Sari Horowitz, a husband and wife who were returning home from synagogue in East Brunswick, New Jersey, this past Shabbat, were struck by a car and killed. 

According to the New Jersey Star-Ledger, the accident occurred on Dunhams Corner Road, just past the curving intersection with Hardenburg Lane in East Brunswick. The report said that a car swerved off the road and struck six pedestrians just before 12:30 p.m., according to authorities. The Horowitzes, both 51, were killed and four others were injured.

Members of the Young Israel congregation in East Brunswick identified one of the injured persons as the Horowitzes’ 27-year-old son, Ami, who was visiting from Israel. Ami’s condition was initially described as critical but it appears he will recover though he’ll need reconstructive surgery on his elbow and perhaps on an ankle as well, said congregation president Aron Adams.

Ari Horowitz served as president of the congregation from 2005 to 2007, the Star-Ledger reported. He and his wife, who raised a great deal of money for Israel, will be buried there, congregation members said.

The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and East Brunswick police have not formally identified anyone who was involved in the accident and have not said whether they will charge the driver, a 49-year-old woman who was said to be in stable condition.

Saturday’s accident was not the first for pedestrians walking to and from Young Israel, the report noted. Eighteen months ago, three members of the congregation were injured on a Friday evening.

Adams said that "people often drive too fast" on Dunhams Corner Road. "It’s a very residential area, but people want to use it as a highway," he said, noting the speed limit is 40 mph but should be 25.

Adams said police are doing the best they can to cope with the situation. He noted the synagogue will be trying to improve things on Dunhams Corner Road by paying to install flashing lights on signs that warn of children crossing.