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Two people were killed in separate hit-and-run accidents on Tuesday, while two
others were killed in other accidents around the country.
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67-year-old pedestrian Shmuel Rosenstein was struck down and killed by
19-year-old Sagi Gamliel, who was driving drunk early Tuesday morning, police
Gamliel, who had spent the night drinking at a park, fled the scene of the
accident, parked his badly damaged vehicle near his home in Rehovot, and went to
sleep with his 18-year-old girlfriend, who had been in the passenger seat,
A Magen David Adom ambulance crew found Rosenstein dead
at the scene. Police traced the car to Gamliel’s home an hour later, and woke
the couple up when they raided the home. During questioning, Gamliel claimed
Rosenstein darted out into the street without warning, and said he fled the
scene after panicking.
Police are expected to analyze blood samples taken
from the suspect to gage his level of intoxication, and to see whether he had
also used any drugs.
Both Gamliel and Rosenstein were employed by the
same cleaning company, which was contracted by the Rehovot Municipality for
various jobs around the city. Gamliel’s father, Beni, defended his son’s
actions, saying he did not “mean to run away,” and blamed the accident on
Rosenstein for “suddenly entering the road.”
“Now my son’s life is
ruined,” Beni Gamliel said. His comments were echoed by Gamliel’s attorney,
In a separate hit-and-run accident, a 60-year-old pedestrian
was run down and killed in north Tel Aviv near the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds by what
police suspect was a truck or van. Police have launched a manhunt for the driver
and are appealing for witnesses.
In a head-on collision in the Negev
region between a private vehicle and a truck, a young man was killed near Shoket
Junction on Route 31. MDA Negev crews pronounced the driver’s death at the scene
and evacuated the truck driver in satisfactory condition to the Soroka Medical
Center in Beersheba.
According to investigators, the driver drifted into
the opposite lane before colliding into the truck.
On Route 71 between
Beit She’an and Sde Nahum, four people were injured in a head-on collision
between two vehicles. The casualties, a 60-year-old female in serious condition,
another in moderate condition and two injured lightly, were evacuated by MDA
Gilboa crews to Ha’emek Medical Center in Afula.
Later on Tuesday
morning, a vehicle overturned on Route 6, killing a 63- year-old driver. MDA
Yarkon crews responded and pronounced the man dead. The accident took place in
the northbound lanes between the Eyal and Nitzanei Oz
Jerusalem Post staff contributed to this report