Bnei Brak taxi driver indicted for pensioner hit-and-run

February 16, 2012 11:50


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The Tel Aviv District Attorney filed an indictment in the Tel Aviv District Court on Thursday against a 59-year old Bnei Brak man, charging him with running over and then abandoning an 80-year-old woman. The woman remains hospitalized with serious injuries, including multiple fractures and cranial hemorrhaging.

According to the indictment, the hit-and-run occurred at around 7.30 p.m. on December 28th, when taxi driver Haim Shashoua smashed into the woman as she crossed the road in Tel Aviv's Kikar Hamedina.  "[Shashoua] drove his car carelessly, incompetently and with indifference to pedestrians," the indictment says, alleging that the taxi driver failed to stop even though the woman was clearly visible on a marked pedestrian crossing.

The indictment says that after the accident, Shashoua drove away without stopping to help or call and ambulance, leaving the woman lying in the road.

On Wednesday, the Tel Aviv District Court extended Shashoua's remand pending a further ruling. The next court hearing is scheduled for March 1st.

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