Suspect in ATV hit-and-run confesses, reenacts incident

September 15, 2012 17:08


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The man suspected of hitting two female sprinters with his all-terrain vehicle before fleeing the scene near Kibbutz Givat Brenner some two weeks ago confessed to police Saturday and reenacted the incident for police.

Yaniv Feirovskine, 23, of Moshav Ganei Yohanan, near Rehovot was arrested a week-and-a-half ago and could face charges  of abandonment after causing grave bodily harm if indicted. Feirovskine originally denied hitting the runners.

A manhunt was launched shortly after the accident, which left the two runners, including Olympic hopeful Radat Baltah, moderately and seriously wounded on a dirt path next to Kibbutz Givat Brenner’s fields.

Members of the 15- strong running team said that the ATV driver sped by them kicking up a large cloud of dust. They said that after they signaled him to slow down he turned around and drove back, slamming into both runners intentionally before driving off.

According to Israeli media reports, Feirovskine said Saturday that he did indeed turn back towards the runners, but he had not intended on striking them with the ATV.

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