A 23-year-old man with a lengthy criminal record is in custody over a
hit-and-run incident which left an 82-yearold Holocaust survivor in critical
The woman, Fania Feizelberg, was being pushed in her
wheelchair on the sidewalk by her 61-year-old daughter, Larissa Goldenberg, when
both were struck from behind by a car in Haifa’s Bat Galim
The driver abandoned the vehicle near the scene of the
incident, and fled on foot on Saturday night. Police launched a wide-scale
search before the 23-year-old Haifa resident turned himself on Sunday
The man has refused to speak during police questioning. A
Haifa Magistrate’s Court extended his custody by four days. Police said the man
has a record of property theft, drugs and driving despite having his license
revoked. Police suspect a second man was in the vehicle during the
Both women are hospitalized at the Rambam Medical Center in
Haifa. Doctors are battling to stabilize the condition of the 82-year-old, while
her daughter is said to be in moderate condition.
Eina Erlich, the
woman’s granddaughter, told Army Radio, “They were on the sidewalk, and this is
what happened, just a few meters from home.” She accused the man under arrest of
driving under the influence. Police were unable to test the man for alcohol
levels, as he turned himself in several hours after the accident.
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