Driver in Yeshivah Mentor’s Death Sentenced

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -

The driver whose alcohol-fused crash two years ago ended in the death of Moshe Berkowitz, z”l, a yeshivah mentor at Yeshivah Ohr Yitzchok, was sentenced on Monday to four to 12 years in prison.

Anel Kolenovic, who ran a red light into Rabbi Berkowitz’s car, tearfully asked the victim’s family for forgiveness before being led away in handcuffs, the New York Post reported.

Kolenovic had drunk Four Loko, an energy drink, before getting behind the wheel in November 2010 and ramming a car driven by Moshe Berkowitz, 25, in Midwood.

“The pain I caused to the family and friends of Mr. Berkowitz has been tearing me apart since it happened,” Kolenovic said in Brooklyn Supreme Court. “Although nothing I can say can heal the wounds I caused, I hope someday I can be forgiven.”

Before handing down the sentence, Justice John Ingram mentioned the recent hit and run that took the lives of Reb Nachman, Mrs. Raizy Glauber and their child, z”l.

“This court is aware that there was another recent tragedy, in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn,” Ingram said. “There have been far too many vehicular homicides in this city, this state, and this country.”

Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney Gayle Dampf said that he was satisfied with the sentence.

“It was a series of irresponsible choices,” Dampf said. “There needs to be a lesson learned.”