PARAMUS, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – A New Jersey family is devastated following the death of a beloved sister, daughter and rising track star.
Gabrielle Reuveni, 20, was struck and killed by an alleged drunken driver on Saturday morning while she was out for a jog in Palmyra Township, Pa., where she was vacationing with her parents.
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The driver, Phillip Cise, 48, of Dover, N.J., will be charged with driving while intoxicated once toxicology reports are returned, sources told CBS 2.
Witnesses told police they saw his pick-up truck swerving and crossing the double yellow line prior to the fatality, CBS 2′s Emily Smith reported.
Earlier this month, Cise was arrested on a weapons charge, Smith reported. Cise harassed a McDonald’s drive-through customer with an ax because she cut him in line, police said.
“If you show up with an ax at a fast food restaurant, there is a problem. Why was he not prevented from driving?” said Gabby’s father Michael Reuveni.
Reuveni excelled at Paramus High School where she was the 2010 valedictorian, president of the National Honor Society and a cross-country and track star.
She was a junior at Washington University in St. Louis where she majored in international studies. Reuveni was also a member of the 2011 NCAA Division III-champion women’s cross country team.
“She ran six days a week the same path, the same time – and this time she didn’t come back,” Michael Reuveni said.
“The hardest thing I’ll ever have to do is explain my sister to someone who didn’t know her,” 18-year-old Jessica Reuveni said. “She had a way with everyone, I don’t know how she did it.”
Many remember Reuveni as a natural born leader with an unrelenting and tireless work ethic.
“She could’ve changed the world and the world didn’t deserve her for a second,” Jessica said.
“Her mission in life was to be better and make everything better,” Michael Reuveni said. “She was an amazing person, she was my baby, she was my angel.”
Funeral services for Reuveni will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Paramus.
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