The girls, who were on a summer vacation, were traveling last night in Navajo County when a tractor trailer barreled into their vehicle, killing them and wounding the other two girls in the car. The accident occured at about 4:45 p.m. local time.
Police said that it was not clear why the driver of the tractor trailer veered out of his lane and into the car transporting the girls.
The girls had been in Los Angeles with Rochi Engel, a friend who had moved to Los Angeles from Brooklyn. The girls had been heading to the Petrified Forest National Park near Holbrook at the time of the accident.
All are asked to daven for another occupant of the car, Miriam bas Gittel, a daughter of the famed Rabbi Yanky Meyer of Misaskim who sustained serious injuries in the accident and is currently undergoing surgery. All are asked to daven as well for Faiga Sarah bas Bracha Chaya (Myerovitz).
Friends of the girls shared a picture with Matzav.com showing Raizel and Hindy with three friends at Lea Brea Bagel in Los Angeles earlier in their trip. The friends described Raizel and Hindy in the most glowing terms, highlighting their wonderful personalities, their warmth, their sensitivity, their ehrlichkeit and how beloved they were by all who knew them.
“There was nothing they wouldn’t do for others,” they said. “They brought such joy to others and such nachas to their families. There are no words to describe how special they were or the feelings now of those who knew them.”
This tragedy has shaken the girls’ families and friends, plunging them into mourning. Two gems have been plucked from our midst.
Levayah arrangements are being finalized. Further details will be provided as they become available.
Umacha Hashem deemah me’al kol ponim.
Update: Reb Yanky Meyer issued the following statement via WhatsApp: “I ask every one on the group to spread the word [that] my daughter is not the only one injured. Please say Tehillim for Faiga Sarah bas Bracha Chaya and for the families [suffering from] this great tragedy. They should have the strength to pull through this tough time.”
Update: It has been noted that yesterday was 14 years to the day since five Yidden from Brooklyn, NY, were killed in a tragic helicopter crash at the Grand Canyon.
Update: All are asked to continue davening for Suri Mayerowitz and Miriam Meyer.
The arrangements of the levayos of Raizel Morgenstern, 24, and Hindy Spira, 26, are being coordinated.
Suri Meyer was taken to Flagstaff Medical Center, while Suri Mayerowitz was taken to Little Colorado Medical Center in Winslow and then Flagstaff Medical Center.
Raizel Morgenstern was driving a Jeep Cherokee east on State Route 377 when, at the intersection of State Route 77, the vehicle collided with an oncoming tractor trailer. Hindy Spira was in the front passenger’s seat.
Raizel was a graduate of Tomer Devorah and Bais Bracha, Hindy attended Tomer Devorah with Suri, and Miriam is a graduate of Bais Yaakov of Boro Park.
Update, 5:45 p.m.: The levayah of Hindy Spira a”h will be held tonight, at approximately 10 p.m., at Shomrei Hadas Chapels, located at the corner of 14th Avenue and 38th Street in Boro Park, Brooklyn, followed by kevurah in Shikun Skver. Following that levayah, the levayah of Raizel Morgenstern a”h will be held at approximately 11 p.m., also at Shomrei Hadas Chapels, followed by kevurah in Monsey, NY.