David Alan Kleiman, a former Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy critically injured in a motorcycle crash in 1995, died in his home Friday. The U.S. Army veteran and Riviera Beach resident was 46.
A friend found him dead in his house. The cause of death is unknown.
Mr. Kleiman was 28 when he was in a collision at Congress Avenue and Hypoluxo Road. Mr. Kleiman, who was off duty, was struck by a car driven by a Lake Worth woman, according to police.
Despite severe skull and spinal injuries and two broken arms, Mr. Kleiman learned computer skills. He drove to work in a specially equipped van at a forensic computer company, according to his father, David Louis Kleiman, 92.
“My son was very strong-willed,” his father said. “Even though he was in a wheelchair, he was determined to not let anything stop him.”
After his injury, Mr. Kleiman was treated at Delray Community Hospital, Jackson Memorial Hospital and a veterans hospital in Miami. After moving to Riviera Beach, he continued to go to Miami for treatment.
“I would tell him to go the vet hospital on Blue Heron. But he was stubborn. He liked the treatment and the people at the Miami hospital,” said his father, an Army World War II veteran.
Mr. Kleiman grew up in Palm Beach Gardens and served as an Army helicopter technician from 1986-1989. He was named soldier of the year in 1987 by the Secretary of the Army while he was stationed in Germany.
He was married and divorced twice. He had no children.
Mr. Kleiman is survived by his father, a West Palm Beach resident, and one brother, Ira Steven Kleiman, of Palm Beach Gardens. His mother, Regina, is deceased.
A funeral is planned for noon Sunday at Star of David Funeral Home, also known as Menorah Gardens Funeral Home, in West Palm Beach.