Hit-and-run driver turns himself in

Tal Mor, 26, did not realize he was the one to kill bike rider.

June 18, 2010 20:31
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Hit-and-run driver turns himself in

hit and run 224. (photo credit: Channel 10)


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When 26-year-old Tal Mor turned on the news on Friday morning and heard that 43-year-old Shneor Heshin had been killed in a hit-and-run car accident, he did not realize that he was the one who had caused it.

When eyewitness accounts started pouring into police headquarters, Mor said, he realized the facts all pointed to him. On Friday evening, he turned himself in.

Mor, a resident of a Kfar Baruch in the Yizrael Valley, was driving on Route 444 near the Kesem interchange, in the Rosh Ha'ayin area, just before dawn. After taking a sharp turn, he apparently crashed into Heshin, who was riding his bicycle on the designated lane.

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Thinking he had only hit the safety barrier, Mor continued to drive, fearing police would stop him to question him about the accident.

Initial findings show Mor has criminal record

The driver later told Haifa police he did not realize at the time that he had hit a person. An initial investigation, however, showed that Mor may have dragged Heshin across the road. The rider’s gear was found strewn on the ground.

When reports of Heshin’s death began to surface, Mor realized he had been driving on the road mentioned in the reports, but saw no indication that he had run over a man. “There was no blood on the car,” he told Channel 2 on Friday evening. “I didn’t think it could be me.”

As the probe into the incident deepened, police discovered that Mor had a criminal record and that he had been interrogated in the past in connection with attacks on officers and drug-related offenses.

Heshin, a Tel Aviv resident and father of three, was the son of a prominent retired judge and the grandson of a former High Court justice. His funeral was set to take place on Sunday.

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