Rabbi’seight-year-old­son diesafter­be­inghit­by­car

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY SANDY RASHTY

THE SON of a Cha­sidic rabbi has died af­ter he was hit by a neigh­bour’s car as he re­port­edly ran away from fire­works.

El­chonon Kohn, from Hack­ney, east Lon­don, died on Sun­day night from in­juries sus­tained in the col­li­sion.

A pupil at a Satmar school in the area, the eight-year-old was said to have been fright­ened by fire­works launched last Wed­nes­day.

He ran across a quiet res­i­den­tial street, where he was hit by a black Seat car driven by a neigh­bour, an Ortho­dox man in his 20s.

An­other neigh­bour, who wished to re­main anony­mous, de­scribed the in­ci­dent as “tragic”. She said: “All the Jewish boys and girls in this street know each other. It is very up­set­ting.”

At least 500 peo­ple at­tended El­chonon’s fu­neral on Mon­day at the Adath Yis­roel ceme­tery in En­field.

One mourner said the boy’s par­ents — Rabbi and Rebbetzin Yaakov Yosef Kohn, of the Skver com­mu­nity — were dis­traught.

“It is very tragic, there were so many peo­ple at the fu­neral. This is such a close com­mu­nity,” the woman said.

An­other mourner said peo­ple were “shocked” and “griev­ing”.

A po­lice spokes­woman con­firmed that the driver had been ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of dan­ger­ous driv­ing. He was bailed un­til later this month while po­lice con­tinue their in­quiries into the col­li­sion.

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