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Crash victim remembered as kind man

From his former days as a Brookhaven police officer to his job offering in-home care and companionship to seniors, new moms, working parents and those recuperating from illness or injury, Adam Brown always made friends easily, his grieving wife said Monday night.

“Even the guy who cut his hair. Adam knew his number,â€￾ Michelle Brown said of the man she married five years ago on June 18. Parents of two children, ages 4 and 14 months, they planned to celebrate Saturday — driving a red 2005 Lamborghini he’d rented just for the occasion.

“Wherever we wanted, that’s where we were going to go,â€￾ Michelle Brown said, not even trying to fight back her tears.

Brown, 29, of Middletown, was driving the car about 6:30 p.m. Friday when, according to Philadelphia police, he crossed the median on Essington Avenue and crashed into two vehicles.

Brown and passenger Geoffrey Kleiman, 60, a Newtown podiatrist, were pronounced dead at the scene in Southwest Philadelphia, said Philadelphia Police Information Officer Tanya Little and Brown’s business attorney.

A third man, identified as 41-year-old Bruce Hunter, of Philadelphia, died at 7:11 a.m. Monday at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Little said. Hunter was driving a Mercury Villager.

Also, a 45-year-old man operating a Subaru Forester suffered minor injuries.

Little said an investigation is continuing, but speed is believed to have been a factor in the crash.

Attorney Andrew Edelberg, who has been friends with Brown since he cross-examined the young officer in one of Brown’s early court cases, said Monday he is conducting a private investigation into the cause of the accident, as well as other issues.

Acknowledging he couldn’t say whether speed was a factor in the multivehicle crash, Edelberg added, “We do not know if drugs or alcohol is a factor.â€￾

According to Edelberg, Kleiman was a podiatrist who became friends with Brown through the home-care franchise. Edelberg did not know their activities prior to the accident.

Brown opened his award-winning Home Helpers of Drexel Hill franchise in 2002, two years before he left the Brookhaven police force.

It was his personal experiences with senior care that got him interested in the franchise — one grandmother who was in a nursing home and the other who was being cared for by his father.

On Monday, Brookhaven Police Chief John Eller said Brown had accumulated 13 complimentary letters in his file over five years in uniform.

Eller said Brown would still stop by the station to visit, the last of which was Friday to show the officers on duty the Lamborghini he had just rented.

“It was hard for him to leave Brookhaven, but he wanted to be able to better provide for his family,â€￾ Edelberg said.

Like Michelle Brown, Edelberg said Brown’s appeal to people was special.

“He always wanted to help,â€￾ Michelle Brown said. “He really wanted everyone to be happy. He would come to the office singing. That’s how he was.â€￾

More than anything, she said he loved his family.

“Even if we spoke five times in a day, every time he ended the call with, ‘I love you and the kids,’â€￾ Michelle Brown said.
 

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