Man Acquitted in Crash That Killed Rabbi by Reason of Insanity

A man charged in a chain reaction crash that killed the retired director of Princeton University's Center for Jewish Life has been found not guilty by reason of insanity

The Times of Trenton reports that 22-year-old Eric Maltz, of Princeton, had faced up to 30 years in prison if convicted of aggravated manslaughter and other charges. He had been committed to a psychiatric hospital while the legal process played out.

The verdict recently handed down by a state Superior Court judge means Maltz will be re-evaluated next month and every six months thereafter.

Authorities said Maltz was speeding and driving recklessly in March 2013 when he crossed lanes and struck an unoccupied car. That car then careened into another vehicle that 74-year-old Rabbi James Diamond was getting into on the passenger side.

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