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Well-Known Rabbi Identified As Victim Of Deadly Princeton Crash

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PRINCETON, N.J. (CBS) – A prominent rabbi has been identified as the victim of a fatal car crash outside a school in Princeton.

Authorities say Rabbi James Diamond, 74, was killed when a car struck the parked Prius he was getting into at the intersection of Riverside Drive and Prospect Avenue in front of the Riverside School in Princeton Thursday morning.

Eric Maltz, 20, of Princeton, was charged in the crash.

Police say Maltz was driving a BMW at a high rate of speed when it struck a Toyota Camry that then struck the Prius.  Robert Freedman, 63, of Princeton was in the driver seat of the Prius and was injured.

Maltz was also injured and remains hospitalized. He’s been charged with assault by auto and remains held in police custody. Bail has been set at $100,000.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Authorities say Diamond, a retired rabbi for Princeton University’s Center for Jewish Life, was well-known in the community.