Hit-and-run driver receives 7-year prison sentence

January 29, 2012 22:19


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A resident of Rehovot was sentenced to seven years behind bars on Sunday for striking and killing a pedestrian while intoxicated, and then driving home without stopping to offer assistance.

The driver, Sagi Gamliel, who was 19 at the time, had been drinking in the hours before getting behind the wheel in 2010, and his girlfriend was a front-seat passenger, according to the charge sheet.

Their vehicle struck 67-year-old pedestrian Shmel Rotshtein, who was on his way to work early in the morning. Instead of stopping, Gamliel drove home and went to bed, only to be woken by police a few hours later.

Gamliel was charged with manslaughter, abandoning an injured person after an accident, and driving while intoxicated.

In addition to the prison sentence, the Central District Court in Petah Tikva passed down a 12-month suspended sentence, and ordered Gamliel to pay a 25,000 shekel fine as compensation. The court also revoked Gamliel's license for 15 years. The sentencing came after Gamliel agreed to a plea bargain. His girlfriend, Hamema Karmi, has not confessed to the charges against her.

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