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Mother in Woodmere Crash Remains in Grave Condition

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(Theyeshivaworld) The mother injured in the car accident in Woodmere on motzei Shabbat, December 11, remains in grave condition.

A second accident victim was in the ICU at Long Island Jewish Medical Center but was rapidly improving and expected to make a full recovery. The two other girls in the accident suffered more moderate injuries and one has already been discharged from the hospital.

As previously reported, 15-year-old high school sophomore Liel Namdar, z”l from Great Neck, one of the girls riding in the vehicle, was tragically killed in the accident, with her burial taking place in Israel on Monday, December 13.

Namdar was described by Rabbi Yair Hoffman as “the ideal Bais Yaakov girl –  She put her ideals into action. … Liel had incredible yiras Hashem, remarkable midos, and was a role model to everyone who knew her. … [she] was an extraordinary young lady … who exemplified the highest ideals of our nation.  ”

Nassau County Police told YWN that just before 11 p.m. on motzei Shabbat, December 11, in Woodmere, an Audi driven by 38 year old Miriam Meltser was turning southbound onto Peninsula Boulevard from Edward Avenue when it collided with a blue 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck driven by Arlin Javier Aguilera, who was travelling northbound on Peninsula Boulevard at high speeds. Meltser was driving her daughter Aliza and three friends home from their Camp Sternberg reunion. 

A Hatzolah member happened to be on the block at the time and radioed for backup and began providing care to the victims. Hatzolah worked to render aid and transport the victims, using resources which were dispatched to the scene within minutes.

Police told YWN that Aguilera, 34, of West Hempstead, was arrested on charges of second-degree vehicular manslaughter, second-degree vehicular assault and driving while intoxicated. He was arraigned on Sunday, December 12.

A fund has been set up to support Meltser’s family. The fund, set up by TAG, Rabbi Friedman of Rambam, the Rabbonim of the North Woodmere Jewish Community, and Achiezer, had already surpassed its original goal of $500,000 as of Monday. Donations can be made at  https://thechesedfund.com/kbh/motherof3?aff=ftcgroup or call 518-323-0376 and give campaign ID 3043. 100% of the funds collected will go to the family.

Please continue to daven for Miriam bat Ina Pesya Yocheved, and Chana Eliana bat Naomi.

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