Motorist indicted who allegedly hit cop and ran

Police say that the background to the incident was criminal, and that they have ruled out a terror attack.

March 7, 2016 12:14
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Nazareth . (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)


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The Northern District Attorney’s Office on Monday filed an indictment with the Nazareth District Court against George Hisham Garib for running over a policeman and fleeing the scene on February 28.

The 19-year-old Nazareth man turned himself in the next day, hours after the hit-and-run accident that left officer Natan Nicolai Yosfov badly wounded.

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After Garib turned himself in, police said the background to the incident was criminal, and it had ruled out terrorism.

Garib was taken to the scene of the incident, where he showed investigators how the collision took place, police added.

According to the indictment, the event happened just before 7:30 p.m., when Yosfov, standing at the junction of routes 75 and 60 waved at Garib, signaling him to pull over with a flashlight.

Yosfov was routinely pulling over cars to check that their licenses were still valid.

Garib knew he was driving his father-in-law’s car without proper insurance coverage in light of his status as a new driver.

Worried that he would get in trouble, Garib refused to stop and even sped up in an attempt to avoid being pulled over.

Yosfov continued to stand in the middle of the road and kept signaling to Garib to pull over.

Eventually Yosfov realized he was in danger and made a last chance try to escape, but it was too late and Garib struck him hard sending him flying.

Garib then fled the scene, zig-zagging wildly through the highway to get far away from the scene of the crime, and officers set up roadblocks in the area in an attempt to find him.

Yosfov is still hospitalized and unconscious in Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center in serious condition.

Ben Hartman contributed to this story.

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