Monday, December 19, 2011
A Hasidic teen was fighting for his life this morning after he lost control of a machine in a Brooklyn armory last night.
Yanky Stein, 17, was part of a crew cleaning up the Williamsburg site following Saturday night's celebration of the 67th anniversary of the late Satmar founder Rabbi Joel Teitelbaum's escape from Auschwitz, said community spokesman Isaac Abraham.
The young man lost control of the lift machine at around 6:15 p.m., smashing his head into a beam on the ceiling. He was rushed to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition.
Stein is "a very good kid," said Abraham. "That he was there to help disassemble and clean up the party shows just what a good kid he is.
"It's a tragedy beyond belief. His family is devastated and so is the community.
"He needs a lot of prayers.''
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