Report: Failed Passing Attempt the Cause of Catskills Crash that Killed 9/11 First Responder, Wife, and Future Son-in-Law
Changing lanes on the highway reportedly caused the fatal Catskills crash which claimed the lives of beloved Lower East Siders Morris and Beth Faitelewicz, and their future son-in-law Yehuda Bayme. That according to a recent report in the local Times Herald-Record.
The Sunday evening accident (4:20pm) transpired on Route 17 in Mamakating, where the SUV flipped over several times. The Faitelewiczes’ grown children – all in their twenties – were also passengers in the car, but survived with non-life threatening injuries.
The Times Herald-Record quoted New York State police on their chronicle of events…
At about 4:40 p.m. near Exit 112 the vehicle was traveling eastbound on Route 17 in the right lane when Faitelewicz tried to move into the left lane, but there was already a vehicle in that lane.
Faitelewicz quickly steered back into the right lane but over-corrected, and left the roadway on the right shoulder. He then over-corrected again, steering to the left and causing the vehicle to flip. It rolled on its side, went airborne then rolled several times before coming to a stop, police say.
The 58-year-old former NYPD auxiliary officer Morris Faitelwicz was a 9/11 first responder, volunteer Hatzolah (ambulance) medic, and member of Community Board 3; his wife was an emergency room nurse in Beth Israel. Funerals will be held for the three perished today – the Faitelwiczes at the Bialystoker Shul and Bayme in Riverdale.