Court rejects hit-and-run driver’s appeal

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected hit-and-run driver Tal Mor’s appeal of his 12-year prison sentence for killing cyclist Shneor Cheshin, and said that Mor’s sentence fit the severe crime he had committed.
The Petah Tikva District Court sentenced Mor in October 2011, declaring that Mor had “ran for his life in order to escape the law.” Mor, 27, was convicted for manslaughter, driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, abandoning the scene of an accident, possession of drugs, obstruction of justice and driving without a valid license or insurance.
As part of Mor’s sentence, he was also ordered to pay Cheshin’s family NIS 30,000 in compensation, and was banned from holding a driver’s license for 20 years.
The court had noted that Mor smashed his car into Cheshin as he cycled along the hard shoulder of Route 5, even though Cheshin was wearing a reflective cycling costume, his bicycle had lights, and it was a bright and clear morning.
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