PRINCETON - Authorities have charged a driver with death by auto in a chain-reaction crash that claimed the life of the retired director of Princeton University's Center for Jewish Life.
Princeton police say 74-year-old Rabbi James Diamond was getting into the passenger side of a car when he was struck and thrown to the ground Thursday on Riverside Drive.
The Times of Trenton reports police said a vehicle driven by 20-year-old Eric Maltz, of Princeton, was speeding when it crossed lanes and struck an unoccupied car. That car careened about 500 feet before striking the car Diamond was getting in.
Maltz remains hospitalized in stable condition. His bail is set at $100,000.
Another rabbi was badly injured in the crash but has since been released from the hospital.
The crash remains under investigation.
Diamond was appointed to the university post in 1995 and he retired in 2003. As Director of the Center for Jewish Life at Princeton, Diamond influenced hundreds of young people.