Rabbi hit, killed by livery cab in Crown Heights

Police say a rabbi was killed after being run over by a livery cab in Crown Heights.



They say Rabbi Yekatiel Rapp was standing behind a parked car at the corner of Empire Boulevard and Balfour Place at around 5:30 p.m. Monday.



Police say that's when the driver of the parked car began to back up, hitting the rabbi and knocking him to the ground.



Witnesses told News 12 the driver pulled forward and reversed over the 66-year-old rabbi more than once.



They say several people jumped into action and tried to rescue the rabbi who was pinned underneath the car. Witness say they grabbed a jack to lift up the car and pull the rabbi out.



Police say the rabbi was found unconscious and unresponsive lying in the roadway.



The father of four was rushed to Kings County Hospital where he was pronounced dead.



Police say at this point the 57-year-old livery cab driver has not been charged.


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