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Two small children were among the eight people killed in car accidents on the season's first wintry weekend, which also saw five people seriously injured in more than 140 car collisions nationwide.
Both children were killed while crossing the street Saturday, and a young Jerusalem mother died in an accident on Route 1 near Mitzpe Yeriho, east of the capital. Her husband and two babies were also injured in the accident.
On Saturday a three-year-old girl and a six-year-old boy were killed within hours of each other in separate collisions.
The boy was killed in the afternoon in a hit-and-run accident in Anata, north of Jerusalem, while walking near the village school. A doctor pronounced him dead at the scene. The car was later discovered abandoned in a local garage. A suspect later turned himself in at the Neveh Ya'acov police station.
Three-year-old Orly Emanuelov was killed on Saturday evening when a car plowed into a group of pedestrians in Kiryat Nordau. She was pronounced dead on the scene by MDA rescue personnel. The toddler's father was taken to Hadera's Hillel Yaffe Medical Center in very serious condition. The victims were crossing at a designated crosswalk, and police are trying to determine if the light was in their favor. The 44-year-old driver of the car that struck them, a Netanya resident, was detained for questioning.
Less than an hour later, a 58-year-old Daliat al-Carmel resident was struck and killed as he walked on the shoulder of Route 70 between Talal and Yarka in the Galilee.
Around 2 a.m. Saturday morning in Haifa, a single-vehicle collision killed one person and kept three rescue teams busy for almost 90 minutes as they struggled to release the vehicle's seriously injured driver. The collision occurred on the road between the Meridian Hotel and the Carmel Beach when a car slammed into an electric pole. The car's passenger was killed instantly, and the driver was trapped inside while three Haifa Fire and Rescue Units worked to free him from the wreckage. Police said the wet road may have been a factor.
Road conditions played second fiddle to irresponsibility in the serious collision Friday night near Mitzpe Yeriho on Route 1, near the sea level marker, when a new driver swerved out of his lane on the narrow, twisting road to pass illegally and slammed into two oncoming vehicles, including the one in which the Abu Ghanem family was traveling.
The Jerusalem family's young mother, 25-year-old Nawine Abu Ghanem, died of her injuries at the scene, while her husband and two babies were injured, as were five other people.
The collision closed the road linking the Dead Sea and Ma'aleh Adumim. An IDF helicopter was dispatched to the scene. During the rescue efforts, the new driver and the passenger who had sat next to him left the area, but the driver later turned himself in to police. His license was suspended for 90 days and he was arrested and brought to court on Saturday night for a remand hearing.
Abu Ghanem's husband was in moderate-to-serious condition and her year-old baby and month-old infant were both hospitalized in good-to-moderate condition.
Early Friday morning, three people, including two pedestrians, were killed within hours of each other.
On Route 3 near Kibbutz Revadim, a driver was killed when his car swerved out of his lane and crashed into a bus. The driver was pronounced dead on the scene and the bus driver was very lightly injured.
A short time later, a pedestrian in her sixties was killed in the Western Galilee, apparently after being struck by a taxi on Route 784 between Yodefat and Moreshet. Police believe the woman was on her way to pick olives in her family's grove. The initial investigation indicated that the Nazareth resident driving the taxi did not see the woman before hitting her. After the driver was detained for questioning, police discovered that he had 30 previous traffic convictions. Only a day earlier, a woman in her forties was killed on the same road in a collision involving two cars and a tractor.
A third crash in the early morning hours claimed the life of an elderly man who was struck and killed when he tried to cross Rehovot's main street. Police said that they thought that the man failed to notice an oncoming car as he stepped out into Rehov Herzl. The driver of the car that struck him was detained for questioning.