99-year-old Holocaust survivor fatally struck by SUV while crossing street in NYC
A 99-year-old Holocaust survivor was hit and killed by a BMW SUV Saturday while crossing the street in Brooklyn on his way to a synagogue, the New York Daily News reported.
Jack Mikulincer was hit around 4:45pm on Saturday while riding an electric wheelchair. Mikulincer was going to the Manhattan Beach Jewish Center when he was hit by the SUV.
“I was next to him when it happened,” said Mikulincer’s friend and fellow Holocaust survivor Jehuda Lindenblatt, 85, to the Daily News. “I heard a bang, and I see him fly and then he landed.”
Mikulincer was rushed to Coney Island Hospital, where he died.
The driver of the SUV was questioned by police officers at the scene but is not facing charges.
Mikulincer, who was originally from Hungary, worked with the KGB to “hunt down Nazis,” according to Lindenblatt, and fought in the Arab-Israeli War in 1948.
Mikulincer and his late wife survived Holocaust concentration camps to move to Brooklyn, where they raised their children.
Mikulincer owned Ocean View Bakery in Brighton Beach, which he later renamed Aviva Bakery after his daughter Aviva. He left the bakery around 30 years ago after his wife was seriously injured in a car crash.
Mikulincer’s wife died in 2011.
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