A Princeton man has entered a plea of not guilty to charges of causing the death of former Executive Director of the Center for Jewish Life Rabbi James Diamond.

Eric Maltz, 21, was indicted on charges of aggravated manslaughter, death by auto and assault by auto last October. Maltz could face up to 30 years in state prison if convicted of first-degree aggravated manslaughter, according to the Prosecutor’s Office announcement issued after the incident.

Maltz pled not guilty to all three charges at a court hearing on Tuesday.

Maltz was allegedly driving a 2003 BMW at a high speed when he struck an unoccupied Toyota Camry parked on Riverside Drive. The Camry was pushed backward and hit Diamond as he prepared to enter a Toyota Prius. Rabbi Robert Freedman, a former cantor at the CJL, was in the driver’s seat of the Prius and was seriously injured. Diamond was pronounced dead at the scene. Maltz himself also sustained several serious injuries.

Maltz is currently free on bail. His next court hearing is scheduled for March 6, The Princeton Packet reported.

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