Sudanese Holot-detained man indicted for manslaughter in drunk driving accident

Man, 33, is also charged with driving drunk, driving without a license and without legally-mandated insurance and other charges.

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April 5, 2015 18:46
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The Southern District Attorney’s Office on Sunday filed an indictment with the Beersheba District Court for manslaughter against a Sudanese man residing in the open Holot detention center resulting.

The Sudanese man, Muhammad Zakariya, 33, was also charged with driving drunk, driving without a license and without legally mandated insurance, and other offenses.

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According to the indictment, Zakariya purchased a car in September 2014 that he drove throughout the South on a number of occasions even though he has never had a driver’s license or car insurance.

On March 27, Zakariya drove to Rahat where he spent time with associates from around 1 to 7:30 p.m. including drinking alcohol, alleged the indictment.

After 7:30 p.m., Zakariya was driving with an off-the-charts blood alcohol level of 87 mg. out of 100 ml., at excessive speeds as high as 132 kilometers per hour (in a 90 kilometer per hour zone) from Rahat back to Holot, while four passengers, also Sudanese citizens from Holot, traveled with him, the indictment said.

The legal limit is 24 mg. per 100 ml. of breath (penalties only apply above 26 mg. per 100 ml. of breath due to lawsuits about sensitivity of devices used). For new drivers, those under 24 years of age and commercial drivers, the limit is 5 mg. per 100 ml. of breath.

The indictment stated that around 9 p.m., on a curving stretch of Route 211 between Beersheba and Nitzana, Zakariya’s vehicle deviated onto the opposite side of the road, jumping a concrete divider into incoming traffic and flipping over.

As a result of the accident, noted the indictment, one of the passengers in the back seat, Abdullah Karim, who was not wearing a seat belt, was killed and the other three passengers were injured and hospitalized.

Two-and-a-half months before the accident, Zakariya was separately convicted of driving without a license, and sentenced to being disqualified from obtaining a license for 18 months as well as a five-month suspended sentence.

The prosecution on Sunday requested that the court order Zakariya detained in police custody until the end of the trial against him.

It made a special request to permanently ban him from ever obtaining a driver’s license.

Regarding the requests, the prosecution noted that despite a prior license disqualification and a suspended sentence, Zakariya was not deterred from driving illegally a very short time after his first conviction, with the result being fatal.The Southern District Attorney’s Office on Sunday filed an indictment with the Beersheba District Court for manslaughter against a Sudanese man residing in the open Holot detention center resulting.

The Sudanese man, Muhammad Zakariya, 33, was also charged with driving drunk, driving without a license and without legally mandated insurance, and other offenses.

According to the indictment, Zakariya purchased a car in September 2014 that he drove throughout the South on a number of occasions even though he has never had a driver’s license or car insurance.

On March 27, Zakariya drove to Rahat where he spent time with associates from around 1 to 7:30 p.m. including drinking alcohol, alleged the indictment.

After 7:30 p.m., Zakariya was driving with an off-the-charts blood alcohol level of 87 mg. out of 100 ml., at excessive speeds as high as 132 kilometers per hour (in a 90 kilometer per hour zone) from Rahat back to Holot, while four passengers, also Sudanese citizens from Holot, traveled with him, the indictment said.

The legal limit is 24 mg. per 100 ml. of breath (penalties only apply above 26 mg. per 100 ml. of breath due to lawsuits about sensitivity of devices used). For new drivers, those under 24 years of age and commercial drivers, the limit is 5 mg. per 100 ml. of breath.

The indictment stated that around 9 p.m., on a curving stretch of Route 211 between Beersheba and Nitzana, Zakariya’s vehicle deviated onto the opposite side of the road, jumping a concrete divider into incoming traffic and flipping over.

As a result of the accident, noted the indictment, one of the passengers in the back seat, Abdullah Karim, who was not wearing a seat belt, was killed and the other three passengers were injured and hospitalized.

Two-and-a-half months before the accident, Zakariya was separately convicted of driving without a license, and sentenced to being disqualified from obtaining a license for 18 months as well as a five-month suspended sentence.

The prosecution on Sunday requested that the court order Zakariya detained in police custody until the end of the trial against him.

It made a special request to permanently ban him from ever obtaining a driver’s license.

Regarding the requests, the prosecution noted that despite a prior license disqualification and a suspended sentence, Zakariya was not deterred from driving illegally a very short time after his first conviction, with the result being fatal.


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