Bonnie Lewin
65 years old

It was 1971 when Bonnie met fellow grad student Martin Lewin in the library at U Penn. She liked what she saw and agreed to a date. Martin remembers fretting about his plan for the date, before deciding on the classic combo. “I went with dinner and a movie,” Martin said. “Thankfully it went well so she invited me back to her place.”

But then, three of her friends showed up. “And that’s how we ended the first date,” Martin said. “She fell asleep on the couch, and I was cramped in the well of a two-seat Porsche, being driven home by two guys I’d never met before.”

Their next few dates had better endings and, a few years later, they were married. “We balanced each other out,” Martin recalled, “I liked to be alone but she was always out there. I call myself the master of good intentions, but she had no separation between intention and action. She was a doer.”

Bonnie became a real estate agent in their hometown of Chevy Chase, Maryland. Her other passion was volunteering, most recently with the Tikkun Olam Women's Foundation, a group that is focused on social change for women.

At 65, she was looking forward to retirement so she could spend more time with her three children and three grandchildren. “And the volunteering would have become her career then,” Martin said. “She wouldn’t have slowed down. That’s not who she was.”

This collision happened on April 30, 2014 near West 31st Street and 7th Avenue in Manhattan. See details in the Mean Streets Tracker.

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