Baltimore, MD – Baltimore’s Ner Yisroel community joined their brothers worldwide in shock and grief upon learning of the sudden death of one of their own, Zvi Dovid (Fifi) Zahler, who tragically died this morning in an auto accident.
Mr. Zahler had departed Baltimore early this morning in his vehicle for Passaic, New Jersey. Family members in Baltimore called his hosts in Passaic some time later to determine whether he had arrived, and were informed that he had never showed.
Baltimore’s volunteer community patrol was shortly mobilized and spent the next several hours searching for Mr. Zahler until the Maryland State Police were contacted to ask whether any current accidents involved a vehicle matching the description of Mr. Zahler’s automobile. Police replied affirmatively.
According to police and other sources, Mr. Zahler’s vehicle went out of control around 10:30 a.m. while traveling on the Millard E. Tydings Memorial Bridge along I-95. The six-lane bridge spans the Susquehanna River about 25 miles northeast of Baltimore. Zahler was thrown from the vehicle and apparently died instantly.
Due to the distance he was thrown from the car, Maryland State Police troopers on the scene didn’t locate his body until 1:00 p.m.
Wind conditions are currently said to be the cause of the tragedy. Indeed, the bridge crosses between bluffs high above the river valley, and is posted with warning signs “Subject to Crosswinds.”
Mr. Zahler who is originally from Toronto, was a member of the Ner Yisroel yeshivah’s kolel and had only married last year. Compounding the tragedy is that the young Mrs. Zahler, now suddenly widowed, is said to be expecting their first child. He was 25.
Levaya Tuesday 3:00 pm Levanson Funeral Home, Reistertown Rd., Pikesville, MD