BMW driver who got SIX speeding tickets last year named as man who killed Holocaust survivor
A real estate developer who had SIX speeding tickets last year is identified as the BMW driver who mowed down and killed a 99-year-old Holocaust survivor in Brooklyn
- Holocaust survivor Jack Mikulincer, 99, was driving his electric wheelchair to a Brooklyn synagogue on Saturday when he was hit and killed by an SUV
- The man driving the SUV, identified as Pyotr Yadgarov, 52, had been fined six times in the past year for speeding
- Police did not say whether speed was a factor in the crash, which is still under investigation
- Yadgarov runs a property development company and was driving a newer BMW X5 and remained at the scene after the collision
A real estate developer who has been pulled over for speeding six times in the past year has been identified as the BMW driver who struck and killed a 99-year-old Holocaust survivor in Brooklyn.
Piotr Yadgarov, 52, was driving on Oriental Boulevard last Saturday around 4:45 p.m. when he hit Jack Mikulincer, who was traveling in an electric wheelchair to a nearby synagogue for the Sabbath.
A search of Yadgarov’s license plate revealed six tickets for driving too fast in school zones last year, the New York Daily News reported. Since 2020, the plate was linked to 10 speed camera tickets and four violations for failing to stop at a red light, the outlet said.
Yadgarov, who manages property development company Pye Properties Inc., declined a DailyMail.com request for comment. He remained in place after the collision.
The NYPD did not respond to a query.
Police did not say whether speed was a factor in Saturday’s crash, witnessed by Mikulincer’s longtime friend Jehuda Lindenblatt, also a Holocaust survivor.
Holocaust survivor Jack Mikulincer, 99, was driving his electric wheelchair to a nearby Brooklyn synagogue on Saturday afternoon when he was hit and killed by an SUV
Mikulincer is pictured as a young man in this undated photo
Lindenblatt, 85, said he was about four feet away when the car approached and hit his 40-year-old boyfriend.
“I’m a Holocaust survivor,” he told CBS New York. “I went through a lot and this was one of the biggest shocks of my life.”
Mikulincer was originally from the Soviet Union, lived in Budapest when World War II began, but escaped from the Hungarian army and temporarily went into hiding, the newspaper reported.
He then used his multilingual skills – he spoke seven languages - to translate while fighting for the Russian army.
When the war ended, he returned to Czechoslovakia where he met and married his wife, an Auschwitz survivor named Frantiska.
The couple then moved to New York and remained together until his death about a decade ago.
The tragedy happened as Mikulincer and a friend made their way to the Manhattan Beach Jewish Center (pictured above)
Mikulincer is pictured with his family on the right and again in the photo on the left. He spoke seven languages and was once a translator for the Russian army
He was seen holding a photo of himself in his youth. He recently enjoyed walking around Manhattan Beach with his friend, and after moving to New York, he opened his own bakery.
Mikulincer was considered the gabbai of the synagogue and oversaw its day-to-day operations, The New York Times reported.
“I still don’t believe I’ll ever see him again,” his granddaughter Elke Weiss, 36, told The Times. “He was such an amazing person.
“I can’t believe my grandfather, who survived so much, was killed in a car accident.”
The great-grandfather of five once owned a bakery in Brighton Beach where his brownies were a hit with loved ones, The Times reported. He recently enjoyed strolling along Manhattan Beach with his pal Lindenblatt.
“Men like that, you can’t find them,” Lindenblatt told The Times. “I am happy to have spent years with him. He was amazing. If you meet him, you instantly love him.