Driver Who Killed Princeton Rabbi Was Taking Depression Medication

Jim Diamond was a Hillel rabbi at Princeton University’s Center for Jewish Life, a scholar, a disc jockey (classical music) and a professor of comparative literature.
Jim Diamond was a Hillel rabbi at Princeton University’s Center for Jewish Life, a scholar, a disc jockey (classical music) and a professor of comparative literature.

By Seth Berkman

Published April 09, 2013.
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The driver that killed esteemed Princeton rabbi Jim Diamond, had been taking depression medication and the police were called to his home a week before the accident, according to local reports.

The Princeton Packet said that Eric Maltz, 20, had trashed his bedroom on March 21, but the police found him “calmly sitting on his bed” when they arrived. Maltz informed officers that he takes Zoloft and Lamictal, depression and mood stabilizing drugs. The report, obtained through a request by the Packet, said in September 2012, he, “tried to hurt himself with a knife.”

Maltz is charged with killing Diamond, 74, when he drove his BMW into a parked car that hit another car that Diamond was entering at the time.

Last week, Rabbi Robert Freedman, who was also in the car with Diamond, said he is experiencing “great grief” over his friend’s death. Freedman suffered a cracked rib and fractured cheekbone in the accident.


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