A Princeton Township resident died last night after a large tree fell on him in his yard on the Great Road as Hurricane Sandy swept through the area.
William Sword, Jr., 61, the investment banker who survived a stabbing in 2003, died last night at the scene. Sword, a 1976 graduate of Princeton University, was the managing director of William Sword & Co., Inc. He also served on the board of directors of Centurion Ministries, the Princeton non-profit that works to free innocent people from prison.
Sources say Sword was concerned that a tree on his property was going to fall, so he went out to cut the tree down with a saw. He realized the wind was too strong and started to head back in the house when another tree fell on his driveway and he was trapped under it.
The accident happened around 8:30 p.m. Rescue workers had a hard time reaching the area because trees were blocking the Great Road. The Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad responded to the scene and initiated life saving measures that were unsuccessful. Sword was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sword was the victim of the stabbing that made national headlines in 2003. Jelani Manigault, a University of Maryland senior who was taking part in a family religious retreat at the Tenacre Foundation, stole his parents’ car and crashed it into a tree outside of Sword’s home. Sword offered assistance to Manigault, who rushed into the house, took a knife from the family kitchen, and stabbed Sword several times. When police arrived the 24-year-old student was on the front lawn wielding the knife and advancing toward them. Police shot and killed him.
This story will be updated when we have more information.