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Man Pleads Not Guilty In Rabbi's Death

A Mercer County man has pleaded not guilty to causing the death of a rabbi and injuring another man in a March auto crash on Riverside Drive, according to The Princeton Packet.

Eric D. Maltz, 21, of Princeton who appeared Tuesday in Superior Court in Trenton for his arraignment, has been charged in a three-count indictment that he recklessly caused the death of a rabbi in March, Mercer County Prosecutor Joseph L. Bocchini, Jr. has announced. 

Maltz, of Braeburn Drive in Princeton, was indicted on one count of first degree aggravated manslaughter, one count of second-degree death by auto and one county of fourth-degree assault by auto. 

At approximately 9:30 a.m. on March 28, 2013, Maltz recklessly drove a 2003 BMW at a high rate of speed south on Riverside Drive. He struck an unoccupied parked car, which ultimately struck a parked Toyota Prius. Rabbi James Diamond was struck and killed as he was preparing to enter the Prius. Diamond was pronounced dead at the scene. Robert Freedman, was was seated in the driver's seat of the Prius, was seriously injured. 

If convicted of the first-degree offense, Maltz could face a maximum sentence of 30 years in state prison. He is free on $100,000 bail. 

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