Greenville, County, NY – Driver In Deadly Upstate Crash That Killed Jewish Teen Released On Bail


    Greenville, NY – The driver of the car involved in Sunday morning’s fatal collision near Tannersville is out on bail after being arrested on multiple counts.

    As previously reported on VIN News, a 17 year old Jewish girl died in the crash that took place on Route 23A in the Town of Hunter.

    The girl has been identified as Tzivia Zeilinsky of Toms River, New Jersey, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Sources said that she was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the car after it hit a guardrail. Three other teens in the car, including the driver, sustained relatively minor injuries and were transported to Albany Medical Center.

    Police said that the crash took place at 5:40 AM near Horse Shoe Bend, a winding portion of roadway. Investigator Greg Stewart of the Greene County Sheriff’s Office said that the accident remains under investigation.

    Police have not released the name of the driver who is under 18 years old. He was charged with criminally negligent homicide, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, speeding and other violations.

    After being arraigned in the Town of Cairo Court, the driver was released on $25,000 bail. Sources said that the driver passed sobriety tests that were administered after the accident.

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    1. I feel very badly for the Jewish girl who lost her life. BDE. However, we must stop blaming the victim, for not wearing a seat belt. It is obvious from this incident, that the driver was driving recklessly, and he lost control of his car, causing the crash. Therefore, can drivers practice safe driving at all times, and not speed, or drive recklessly. Also, can drivers in general stop tailgating, going through stop signs, red lights, talk on the cell phone, and text on the cellphone? Also, can drivers use directional signals, headlights at night, or when driving conditions mandate their use, not speed up when another car is legally attempting to pass them, move over when making a left turn, and not take too lanes up, not keep a car outside of a driveway, before merging into traffic, maintain brakes so they don’t squeal, not drive with cracked or missing windshields (both front and back), drive with license plates in front and back where required,not drive with defective mufflers which make grating sounds, and avoid excessive use of the horn. Also, can drivers stop engaging in road rage, including making obscene gestures to each other? It is no longer fun to drive, any longer.

      • I don’t understand what you accomplished by shifting the blame based on assumptions that may or may not be true. (or, actually, why must you blame anyone? Mourn. Pity. Don’t blame.) It is not at all obvious to me that the driver was driving recklessly, and I actually have some very compelling information that such is not the case. Maybe leave the judging to G-d, maybe find some empathy in your heart for all the people whose lives have been changed forever, maybe don’t play dayan without any of the requirements for fulfilling that position, and maybe leave safety rules for a less sensitive time.

      • Agreed with #3. Everyone is responsible for himself to put on a seatbelt. Saved my life at age 18 when my tiny car war broadsided by a huge one and my door flew open.

      • its unfair to blame anyone, it is standard practice to charge a driver in the case of a vehicular death regardless of the actual cause. A family is burying a child , and another child is fighting for the rest of his life. this teenager will be haunted by this accident for the rest of his life. The road that this accident happened on is very winding and even experienced drivers, need to take extra care. My prayers are with both family’s.

    2. To #3-Brickwall- I don’t know how much clearer, I could have been. I expressed condolences for the Jewish neshama being lost. I did not blame the victim; rather, I blamed the driver. The police charged the driver with reckless driving, speeding, criminally negligent homicide, reckless endangerment, and other violations. Their accident investigation squad can judge from the tire marks on the pavement, and the angle of the crash, as well as the force of damage to the car, what in all probability caused the accident. In fact, the accident can be reconstructed using a computer model. Unfortunately, the driver schools teach young people how to pass the driver test; however, there is no follow-up regarding highway safety. Therefore, for you to publicly state that “It is not obvious to me that the driver was driving recklessly, and I have some compelling information to show that he was not” is a bunch of garbage. If you had such information, which is unlikely, why wasn’t it furnished to the NY State Police? A car that was mangled in that fashion, doesn’t happen unless someone is speeding, driving recklessly, and loses control. Shame on you, for your condescending/illogical remarks.

      • I still maintain that it is not our place to assign guilt or blame, it may be an issur d’oraisa, and I happen to know that in this case things aren’t as black and white as they seem to you. You responded by accusing me of speaking garbage although you obviously do not know me or what I know. This leads me to believe that you and I operate differently in our approaches towards judging people which makes this conversation pointless. Hatzlacha, and may you never be subject to other people’s harsh or mistaken judgement.

    3. To #4- I think that you meant to state that you agreed with #1, who advocated the use of a seat belt. # 3 did not mention the above.

      #7- You don’t know what you are talking about; it is not standard practice for the police to charge a driver with vehicular homicide, “regardless of the actual cause”, as you wrote. In this case, the police charged the driver with numerous moving violations, including reckless driving, speeding, and reckless endangerment. They just don’t file such serious charges, unless the accident merited the filing of such charges. You hit the nail on the head, when you stated that the road was very winding. The latter was all the more reason to drive with caution, on such a dangerous road.

      To #6- You stated that you had “some compelling information” to show that the driver was not driving recklessly. Yet, you haven’t stated what that was, and if you furnished the alleged information to the authorities. Somehow, I feel that if a gentile was driving the car, you would not be so forgiving as you are with this driver.

    4. This is a heartbreaking tragedy for all. We can not understand nor should we judge. There is much suffering here and I understand the wish to make sense of this suffering. But this thread will not do that- I am afraid it will only further the pain. Let’s give everyone involved the privacy to deal with this. May g-d give all the individuals and families involved the support and strength they need. May g-d protect us all, our children and our families.


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