Reprinted From Yeshiva World News
Early last Wednesday, April 4, a young, newly-engaged couple, Yisroel Levin z”l (Flatbush) and Elisheva Kaplan a”h (Far Rockaway), were both tragically killed when a drunk driver crashed into their vehicle.
The crash happened around 1:30 a.m. on the Nassau Expressway in Far Rockaway.
Five vehicles were involved in the crash. Two drivers of those vehicles, a man and a woman, were arrested and charged with DWI. There were nine passengers in the vehicles, at least five of whom were seriously injured. The woman who was arrested, Zakiyyah Steward, should have been locked up due to a previous burglary charge, but a Brooklyn judge bent over backward to keep her out of prison.
The violent crash left the roadway littered with car parts and battered hunks of metal, leaving investigators with a difficult task.
“You have five vehicles, over 800 feet of debris, you have oil, you have gasoline on the roads, thousands and thousands of car parts,” said Nassau County Police Detective Lieutenant Richard LeBrun. “We have one car that the engine actually came out of the vehicle.”
Many organizations, including Achiezer, Chesed Shel Emes, Amudim, Misaskim, and multiple police chaplains were involved in the cleanup effort. Police agencies from Monsey to Nassau County were also involved.
The couple got engaged just a week earlier, and was supposed to get married in three months.
Yisroel was a son of Rabbi and Mrs. Shaya Levin of Flatbush.
Yisroel is survived by his parents, Rabbi Shaya and Mrs. Libbe Levin, siblings: Shmuel Dovid, Eli, Yaakov, Dovi, Yoel, Efraim, Faigy (Jacobson), Raizy (Horowitz), and Itty Levin.
Tragically, Yisroel’s brother Ari z”l passed away just two years ago.
Elisheva was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joel Kaplan of Far Rockaway.
Elisheva is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joel Kaplan, and siblings Mosey, Meir, Avrohom Yochanan, Yitzchok, Yaffi Kaplan, Mimi Levison, Rivky Rokowsky, Yona Engelberg, Bryna Kaplan, Chavi Kohanteb, and Faigy Kaplan.
The levaya for both niftarim was held at Yeshiva Darchei Torah. The kevura for Elisheva a”h was Erev Yom Tov at Beth David Cemetery in Elmont. The kevura for Yisroel z”l was held in Beit Shemesh.
Boruch Dayan Ha’Emes.