Shul leader crushed by wife in car

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BYMARCUSDYSCH AND FAGA SPEKER

A FOR­MER syn­a­gogue pres­i­dent was se­ri­ously in­jured when his wife ac­ci­den­tally re­versed her car into him, crush­ing him against a wall.

Re­tired den­tist David Franks, 71, suf­fered head in­juries when he be­came trapped as his wife, El­iz­a­beth, at­tempted to back her Honda out of a garage at their home in Gos­forth, New­cas­tle on Satur­day.

He is a for­mer pres­i­dent of New­cas­tle United He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion and is a di­rec­tor of North East Jewish Com­mu­nity Ser­vices.

PC Colin New­man, of Northum­bria Po­lice said: “It ap­pears that an el­derly cou­ple were get­ting their car out of the garage when it rolled back and car­ried the man away.”

As we went to press, Mr Franks was said to be in a sta­ble con­di­tion at New­cas­tle Gen­eral Hospi­tal.

Speak­ing on be­half of the fam­ily, New­cas­tle Syn­a­gogue’s Rabbi Dovid Lewis said: “Thank God, he is get­ting a lot bet­ter and hope­fully he should be out of hospi­tal in a few days.”

John Jane, porter at the block of flats where the cou­ple live, said: “It seems as though it was a freak ac­ci­dent. I don’t know how it hap­pened. Mr Franks is al­ways friendly and ap­proach­able. He is a fan­tas­tic per­son. I’ve known him for al­most 10 years and they have lived here for more than 20 years. It is just so sad.”

Neigh­bour Mar­garet By­ers said: “He is a very nice man and his wife is lovely too.”

Mr Franks is also chair­man of the flats’ res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion and main­te­nance com­pany.

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