1 Killed, Rabbi Injured After Being Hit By Car Outside Synagogue

HANCOCK PARK (CBS) — An elderly man was killed and another critically injured after they were hit by a car near a synagogue in the Larchmont area.

Officials say the two men were hit around 6:20 a.m. Tuesday as they crossed an intersection in the 300 block of North La Brea Avenue near Oakwood. They were leaving early morning Minyan at Bais Yeshuda Shul.

Berish Landau, 88, died from his injuries.

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Rabbi Shmuel Jacobs, 50, was also injured and was listed in critical condition.

Landau lived blocks from the synagogue and preferred walking alone to services. Congregation members said he had trouble crossing the intersection in front of the building and Jacobs was helping him cross the street when the accident occurred.

Police say the driver knew the victims and stopped after the accident to assist.

There were no plans to charge the 27-year-old driver, according to LAPD Officer Karen Rayner. Police don’t believe alcohol, drugs or speeding were factors in the accident.

Landau is survived by his son, who’s a leader in the community and active volunteer.

  • Alex

    It would be nice if journalists covering the city knew its geography! If La Brea & Oakwood is in “Larchmont area”, then Studio City, for example, must be part of Glendale or something

  • David Shadovitz

    Concerning the comment by “TREASON FOR ANY REASON” – There’s nothing in this report to suggest that the victims were jaywalking.

  • J.S.

    I was at the scene of the accident and I just want to say in response to the comments that while jay walking is often a problem it was not a contributing factor in this case. This tragedy involved an elderly man who was crossing the street but because this light is not timed properly was unable to make it all the way to the other side in time. Another gentlemen from inside the temple had come outside to help him cross the street and they were both struck by the car after the light had changed. I don’t know what happened to cause the driver of the car not to see them, but this light is notoriusly short for a street as wide as La Brea. I know several younger people who often are unable to make it completely across before it begins to change. It’s sad that despite numerous community complaints over the years to lengthen the crossing time of this light it will likely take this tragedy to get the city to finally act on it.

    On a side note, I want to commend Hatzolah of Los Angeles responders for being on scene so quickly. The volunteer EMT’s of Hatzolah were at the victim’s side performing CPR literally within 30 seconds of the accident, many minutes before LAFD. Unfortunately, Rabbi Landau’s injuries were too severe to be saved, but the entire community should applaud the selfless volunteers for their efforts.

  • J.S.

    Read my separate reply please. You cannot make up facts. No indication was given that jay walking was a factor here. Don’t blame the victims without factual evidence.

  • adam

    what a BIGOT

  • M.R.R.

    I live one block away from the scene of this tragic accident and have never had an issue crossing the intersection in time. I am not a member of the Jewish community and walk around the neighborhood frequently. While jaywalking was not a factor in this accident, I will say from first hand experience that pedestrians have walked in front of my car on more than one occasion when the light is green. My condolences go out to the members of the community. Walk safely.

  • SG

    To Drink and Drive,
    Obviously religion has had a profound effect on you since you write religion is the biggest joke in the world and you sound very happy, unless it can be attributed to your drinking.

    • Schartz

      No That’s just a MEXICAN .

  • Schartz

    Mexican SHUT UP.

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