The man driving the truck that allegedly struck internationally recognized
mathematician and Israel Prize laureate David Kazhdan in the capital Sunday,
rendering him in serious condition, was found and arrested by police Wednesday
According to police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, an intensive
investigation by the Traffic Police uncovered the location of the unidentified
driver, who is in his 30s and works at a moving company.
Thursday that the driver will remain in custody pending a further investigation
into why he fled the scene of such a serious accident.
“We’re looking to
see why he didn’t turn himself in,” Rosenfeld said.
hospitalized in serious condition at Hadassah University Medical Center in
Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem, after being struck by the truck while riding his bicycle
in the capital Sunday morning.
At the time of the accident, Kazhdan was
biking with his son from Beit Shemesh, police said.
Kazhdan’s son, Eli,
told police he was riding in front of his father when the accident occurred and
did not see what transpired.
“I heard the crash, and when I looked back I
saw my father lying on the ground,” he said.
“I didn’t manage to see the
truck because my focus was on my dad.”
Kazhdan was born in Moscow in 1946
and moved to the United States in the mid- 70s. He made aliya in 2002, and has
since resided in Jerusalem with his wife and three children.
In 2012, he
received the Israel Prize – Israel’s highest honor – for mathematics and
computer science, for his contributions to group theory.
described by the award’s committee as “one of the world’s leading mathematicians
in recent decades.”
He currently works as a professor of mathematics at
Hebrew University, is a professor emeritus at Harvard and a member of the
National Academy of Sciences.