child safety sticker 311.
(photo credit: United Hatzalah)
A five-year-old child accidentally locked inside a van died in Modi’in Illit on
Police are questioning a Breslov hassidic teacher who allegedly
forgot the boy in the vehicle. The child attended the teacher’s Talmud Torah
A United Hatzalah doctor and Magen David Adom paramedics found the
child unconscious and not breathing in the vehicle and tried to save his life,
but were not successful.
The teacher was distraught, as he had
volunteered to take the child to class but forgot him in the vehicle and
remembered only hours after arriving.
Emergency services were called to
Hezkel Street in Modi’in Illit around 1 p.m.
“The paramedics tried to
resuscitate him for a long period of time, but finally pronounced him dead,”
Magen David Adom spokesman Zaki Heller told Channel 10 News.
believe the child was trapped in the van for two hours, dehydrated and suffered
heat stroke before ceasing to breathe.
Every summer, there are several
cases of deaths or near-deaths among children left in their parents’ vehicles or
school vans because the drivers didn’t ensure that no children remained
Deputy Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman has repeatedly rejected
suggestions that drivers be required to affix a sticker to their vehicle’s door
or window reminding them to check the car for any children.
said it “wouldn’t work,” as has Health Ministry director-general Prof. Ronni
Gamzu, who said he would first require proof of its efficacy in medical
Eli Beer, the founder of United Hatzalah, the voluntary
life-saving and rescue organization, has created such stickers at his own
expense. In the last year, hundreds of thousands of them have been printed by
United Hatzalah with financing by an insurance company.
Beer said he had
reports that the stickers, which have even reached the US, have saved lives and
that he has heard of specific cases.
No comment was available Thursday
from the ministry about the Modi’in Illit tragedy or why it had not supported
the sticker proposal.