Community Grieves Loss of Hagerstown Woman

Community Grieves Loss of Hagerstown Woman

The grieving continues in Hagerstown for Judith Greenwald, 49, who died in a pedestrian accident Sunday night.

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - The grieving continues in Hagerstown for Judith Greenwald, 49, who died in a pedestrian accident Sunday night.

Family and friends describe Greenwald as an amazing and intelligent woman, who took judaism to heart and never hesitated to help someone in need. They say she would've turned 50 on Christmas Eve.

A close family friend, Bill Wright, said, "With Judy's passing I've lost one of my dearest friends. She touched so many lives in such a positive way.  Through her community service, her caring and thoughtful response to other people's problems and how much of herself she gave.  She always had time to help others.  Everyone who knew Judy learned volumes about compassion."

The Washington County Sheriff's Office is investigating the accident that happened during the nasty weather over the weekend.

Deputies say Greenwald was walking in the travel portion of the road near East Magnolia Avenue and Hollymead Terrace.

Greenwald was first hit by a Nissan Versa and then by a pick-up truck. Both drivers stopped and tried to help.

She was pronounced dead at Meritus Medical Center shortly after.

Rabbi Ari Plost of Congregation B'nai Abraham said Greenwald was a very active member of the synagogue.

"Judy was proud of her Judaism and her life reflected the very finest virtues of our Jewish faith. She shared her vigorous, earnest and caring soul with so many. We grieve her loss and are painfully struggling to understand why she was tragically taken from us far too early. Yet, we are also grateful knowing that God improved our world by giving us such a precious person as Judy," said Rabbi Plost.

Greenwald also served on numerous boards in the community including the YMCA, the San Mar Children's Home and the Tri-County Council.

The Sheriff's office advises pedestrians to wear clothes that reflect light, and are clearly visible to drivers on the road. They also advise to walk on a sidewalk, or near the side of the road if there is no sidewalk, and to walk against traffic so you can keep an eye of oncoming vehicles. Deputies also say it's better to be safe than sorry and stay indoors, especially during inclement weather.

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