The 17-year-old driver who collided with the vehicle of R’ Reuven Chaim Biller z”l is reported to have been texting at the time of the crash.
The automobile accident took place last week on Harris Bushville Road in front of Harris Hospital/Catskill Regional Medical Center in the Catskills. According to sources, the teenage driver was looking at his cell phone when he veered into R’ Reuven Chaim’s lane, hitting the beloved head counselor of Camp Pupa head-on.
R’ Reuven Chaim was initially trapped in his vehicle, requiring a lengthy extrication effort on the part of emergency personnel at the scene, and he was transported to the hospital in critical condition where he passed away a short while later.
There has been no word yet about what charges are being pressed against the young driver, who could face years in prison for manslaughter.