Sullivan County, NY – NYC Orthodox Jewish Couple, Future Son In Law Killed In Catskills Crash

Three people are dead in an upstate Sullivan County collision.

State police told that six people were involved in the single car crash which took place in the vicinity of exit 112, Yankee Lake Masten Lake, on Route 17.

“The driver of the car lost control of the vehicle,” Trooper Steven Nevel, public information officer for the New York State Police told the News.

A state police investigation is currently underway at the accident scene. There were no adverse weather conditions at the time of the accident.

The three dead are Lower East Side residents Morris Faitelewicz, his wife Beth and their future son in law, Yehuda Bayme of Riverdale.

Morris Faitelewicz was renowned for his volunteerism and was an active member of Hatzolah who was well known as ES17. Faitelewicz sat on Community Board 3, rising through the ranks to become its vice chairperson and also served as citywide coordinator and deputy inspector of the NYPD’s Auxiliary Support Emergency Services Rescue Unit.

Commanding officer of the NYPD Auxiliary Volunteer EMS Unit in the area of the World Trade Center, Faitelewicz supervised units at Ground Zero for almost nine months, earning both a Port Authority Exceptional Service Award and a proclamation from the City Council for his efforts.

Beth Faitelewicz, a registered nurse at Beth Israel Medical Center for over 29 years, was not scheduled to work on 9/11 but she walked a mile and a half to Beth Israel in order to be on hand when the anticipated casualties arrived at the hospital, according to an article published in 2011 by Advanced Healthcare Network for Respiratory Care and Sleep Medicine.

Living in Lower Manhattan and working so close to Ground Zero, 9/11 played an enormous part in the lives of the entire family.

“Even today, it’s hard for me to go near there,” said Mrs. Faitelewicz. “We had the smell of it for months, the smell of burning, rotting flesh.

The dirt on our windows was the same as that from the Holocaust. This was our holocaust.”

The Faitelewicz’s, parents of three children, celebrated their wedding anniversary in June.

A post in honor of the occasion on Mrs. Faitelewicz’s Facebook page reads, “Tomorrow will be our wedding anniversary number 33! I am the luckiest woman to be with Morris Faitelewicz, he is a special husband and a very caring dad. Hope we spend many more happy and healthy years together!”

Yehuda Bayme, a Riverdale resident, was engaged to the Faitelewicz’s only daughter, Shani. An office manager at Soufeh Capital Partners in New York City, Bayme also taught remedial studies to elementary school students in Brooklyn.

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  1. Joe Levin
    Joe Levin says:

    ROCK HILL, N.Y. — A former NYPD auxiliary deputy inspector, along with his wife and future son-in-law were killed in a one-car crash in upstate New York.

    It happened late Monday afternoon near exit 112 along Route 17 in the Sullivan County town of Mamakating.

    Police said six people were in the car when the driver, 58-year-old Morris Faitelewicz, attempted to move into the passing lane, but there was already a car next to his. Faitelewicz turned back but overcorrected, causing the car to run off the road and roll over several times before coming to rest.

    Faitelewicz, his wife Beth Faitelewicz, 54, both of the Lower East Side in Manhattan, and their soon to be son-in-law 31-year-old Yehuda Bayme, of the Bronx, were all killed. Morris Faitelewicz was a first responder on Sept. 11 as an auxiliary member of the NYPD.

    Faitelewicz’s daughter, Sheryl Faitelewicz, 27, and two sons, Jason Faitelewicz, 29, and Alan Faitelewicz, 23, survived the crash and are in stable condition.

    All were members of the Orthodox Jewish community on the Lower East Side.

    Police are continuing to investigate the crash.

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