Video: Man Killed in NYC Crane Collapse Identified as Frum Immigrant

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The man crushed to death in New York City when a crane collapsed on his car today has been identified as David Wichs z”l. He was a shomer Shabbos, Harvard-educated immigrant, who worked tirelessly to succeed in life, say his family members.

Lisa Guttman told The Associated Press today that her brother-in-law David, a son of Thomas and Adela Wichs, was “the most brilliant person ever.”

David, a resident of the Upper West Side, was 38. He was a mispallel at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun in Manhattan.

David was born in Prague, immigrated to the U.S. as a teenager, and took every opportunity he could, graduating with a degree in mathematics from Harvard University, ABC News reports.

David was killed in Lower Manhattan this morning while sitting in his car when a giant crane collapsed as workers were lowering it amid a snow squall. Wichs worked at the New York-based computerized financial trading firm Tower Research Capital.

Boruch Dayan Emes.


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  1. this is the second awful lo-‘k’derech-hatevah tragedy to happen to a ramaz alumna in recent weeks. that is frightening! Let us all be mispallel for achinu bais yisroel

  2. this is the second lo-k’derech- hatevah tragedy that has happened to a former ramaz student. that is frightening. let us all be mispallel for acheinu bais yisroel

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