Law enforcement on Thursday filed an indictment against Chaim and Ayelet Alon, a
couple from Beersheba, on hit-and-run charges, following their alleged hitting
and killing of cyclist Michael Mirilashvili with their car on May
Chaim Alon is also charged with obstruction of
According to the indictment, he hit Mirilashvili, while his wife
was riding as a passenger, but drove on without checking on him as he died by
The indictment, which was filed in the Beersheba District
Court, also says that at no time did Ayelet try to help Mirilashvili or notify
authorities about the incident. The couple continued on with their daily lives
as if nothing had happen, both that day, and all the way until their arrest on
June 11, In fact, the indictment states.
Later, it is alleged that Chaim
contacted his insurance company and the garage where he was trying to get his
car fixed following the accident, and misled them both by telling them that he
had crashed into a camel.
The indictment states that Chaim’s goal was to
cover up all evidence of the incident.
The maximum penalty for a
hit-and-run offense involving physical harm to another is 14 years in prison,
while the penalty for a passenger who fails to notify the authorities when a
vehicle he is in hits a person is seven years.
Last week, the High Court
of Justice heard a petition seeking to give Mark Patrick, a driver who hit a
pedestrian with his car, a harsher sentence than the earlier court-approved plea
Patrick had hit Shahar Greenspan with his car while driving
intoxicated. Greenspan, 14, has been left paralyzed, a condition experts expect
will continue for the rest of his life, from the 2009 incident.
had plead guilty and entered into a plea bargain with the prosecution to pay an
NIS 1,000 fine and to perform community service. The Greenspan family reacted in
dismay at what it viewed as an extremely light sentence. The prosecution later
acknowledged that the plea bargain that it negotiated was inappropriately
However, because a lower court already approved the plea bargain
and because of the final nature of plea bargains, the only avenue open to
“reopening” the lower court’s sentence was an petition to the High
MK Ze’ev Bielski of Kadima, among others, has been involved in
proposing and passing laws in recent years to make penalties for traffic
accidents involving alcohol or hit-and-run situations harsher in the aftermath
of several reports of people hitting cyclists and others with their cars and
leaving them to die by the roadside.
One example is making the penalty
for hitand- run incidents involving physical harm to another a 14-year prison
sentence, instead of seven years.
Despite the proposed legislation, new
laws and the public attention given to some of the cases, lethal hit-and-run and
drunk driving accidents have not noticeably decreased.
However, the Or
Yarok Association for Safer Driving in Israel has, along with the relatively new
Knesset Lobby for the War Against Road Accidents, continued to push initiatives
designed to increase public awareness surrounding issues of road safety.