21 year-old dies in Wadi Ara car crash; riot nearly starts

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October 31, 2010 02:11

Man trying to escape police blocked bus's path causing it to overturn; police source: Youths who hurled rocks will be arrested.

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21 year-old dies in Wadi Ara car crash; riot nearly starts

Ambulance generic 224.88. (photo credit: Channel 2)

A lethal car crash occurred on Saturday in which a 21-yearold driver from Umm el-Fahm, who tried to flee police, died after slamming his jeep into a bus.

The accident threatened to turn into a full-scale riot when several residents of Umm el- Fahm gathered around the accident scene and threw rocks at emergency workers.

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A police source told The Jerusalem Post that police were due to make arrests of suspected rock-throwers in the near future.

“I believe they will be arrested soon,” the source said.

The incident began when Ahmad Jabril was spotted by traffic officers talking on a cellphone and driving without a seat belt on Route 65, near the village of Mushraifa on Saturday afternoon, police said.

A Traffic Police car pulled Jabril over, but as the policeman exited his vehicle and walked toward Jabril's jeep, the driver fled the scene at high speed and attempted a U-turn a short distance further on, resulting in a head-on collision with a bus carrying people who had returned from a day-trip to the North.

The bus flipped on its side and fell into a roadside ditch.

Jabril was instantly killed in the crash, and 20 bus passengers were lightly injured. They were taken to the Emek Medical Center in Afula, together with a policeman who suffered a facial injury during the clash with the youths from Umm el- Fahm.


Police refused to confirm reports Saturday evening that a computer check had revealed Jabril’s driver’s license was invalid for the sports utility vehicle he was driving.

In a separate incident, Jaber Abu Kaf, 24, a Beduin, was killed overnight Friday when two vehicles collided on Route 25 near Nevatim in the Negev.

Jerusalem Post staff contributed to this report.


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