Truck driver in burning deaths remanded until Thursday

February 23, 2010 19:01

The Beersheba Magistrate’s court on Tuesday extended by two days the remand of the truck driver, Muhammad al-Jabur, a Rahat resident in his 20s, who was the truck driver involved in Monday’s collision that claimed the lives of five members of the same family.

Rahat told police Tuesday that he swerved into the opposite traffic lane because the overhead glove compartment suddenly popped open and hit him in the head, distracting him from the road.

Funerals were held across Tuesday for the five.

The five victims - Ruti Dahan (57), her daughter Sarit (19), her son Lior (30), his wife Tali (33) and their five-month-old daughter Shilat - were trapped inside the car and burned to death at the scene.

Paramedics who arrived at the scene said Tuesday that the condition of the bodies made precise identification impossible. The exact identities of the victims were only determined after results from a DNA exam came back Tuesday.

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