Brooklyn
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An Orthodox Jewish man was struck and killed in a collision between two vehicles in the Boro Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, minutes before the start of Passover on Wednesday evening.

Chaim Bloom, 23, was killed while on his way to his hasidic synagogue for evening prayers. A vehicle ran a red light at 13th Avenue and 50th Street and collided with another vehicle, knocking one of the cars into Bloom.

Bloom, a newlywed, was laid to rest on Friday in a funeral attended by thousands of hasidim. The hearse was driven by a non-Jewish driver due to it being the second day of Passover, which outside the land of Israel is observed in the same manner as the first day of the holiday, on which all work is forbidden. He was buried in the Jewish section of a cemetery in New Jersey.