4.5 years for bus driver who killed five

January 23, 2012 13:11


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The Akko Traffic Court sentenced a 26-year-old man to 54 months in prison on Monday, following his conviction for criminally negligent manslaughter, reckless driving and causing damage to people and property.

Five people were killed and dozens more injured when the Egged bus 361 Ghanem Bahajat was driving collided with a large truck at the Gilon Junction on May 13, 2010.

The victims were 62-year-old Asher Nidam;  Zaki Yitzhak Zohar, 56; Major Saleh Abdullah, a 42-year-old Prison Service officer; Sgt. Inna Svardelov, 21; and Captain Aviv El-Dan, 25.

Bahajat, who was arrested immediately after the accident, admitted the charges against him. In addition to the prison sentence, Judge Kaufman also banned Bahajat from holding a driver's license for the next 20 years.

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