Driver Charged as Levaya Set for Chaim Kraus z”l

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raritan avenue highland parkA 21-year-old man has been charged in the tragic passing of Chaim Kraus z”l, the six-year-old boy who was killed on Shabbos in Highland Park, NJ.

As previously reported by, Chaim was walking to Pirchei, at about 3:10 p.m., with his mother, Mrs. Rochie Kraus, across from the Agudah of Highland Park, on Raritan Avenue/Route 27, when a car jumped the curb and slammed into them. Chaim, a first grade student at Yeshiva Shaarei Tzion in Highland Park, was tragically killed, while his mother sustained serious injuries and underwent surgery at Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center. Chaim’s brother who was walking with him was unharmed.

Police have now charged Shang Zhen Huang of Piscataway with two counts of aggravated assault, holding him on $200,000 bail.

An investigation determined that the driver was heading north on Raritan Avenue toward Edison, when his 2013 Lexus jumped the curb and hit the two victims.

The investigation into the incident is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Heck of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3300, or Officer Curbelo of the Highland Park Police Department at (732) 572-3800.

The levaya will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Agudah of Highland Park, Rav Reuven Drucker’s shul, on Raritan Avenue, followed by kevurah at the bais hachaim in Deans, New Jersey.

Yehi zichro boruch.

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  1. So much tzoros for klal Yisroel we need to daven that mosihac comes fast
    May we all share in simchas from now on and the ultimate simcha of returning to eretz yisroel

  2. Charge him with murder. When somebody is driving impaired whether by alcohol or by texting, when somebody speeds and drives aggressively in pedestrian areas, the driver is aware that the likely outcome is hitting and likely killing a pedestrian, hence the intent to murder. Until real punishments are meted, such crazy drivers will continue to plague our streets.

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