hit and run 224.
(photo credit: Channel 10)
Hours after fleeing the scene of an accident near Rosh Haayin, a 26-year-old man turned himself into police custody on Saturday after allegedly striking and killing a cyclist.
Shnir Heshin, a 43-year-old father of three from Tel Aviv, who is the son of retired High Court judge Mishel Heshin, was killed on Friday in the hit and run accident.
A Magen David Adom paramedics crew arrived on the scene of the accident
between Route 444 and Route 5 and found Heshin dead.
been cycling with a friend when he was struck by what police suspect was
a speeding vehicle, which likely dragged him along the road for several
Paramedics said they were unable to revive Heshin.
Police launched a major manhunt for the hit and run driver, while urging
the suspect to turn himself in. Police added that clues regarding the
driver's identity were known to them.
On Saturday, Tal Mor, of
the village of Baruch in the Jizreel Valley, walked into a police
station in Haifa, accompanied by his parents and attorneys, and
announced that he was the fleeing motorist.
Acting on the advice
of attorneys, Mor made contact with the Rosh Haayin police station
which is heading the investigation before turning himself in.
found during questioning that Mor had been driving without a valid
license, having failed to renew it, and that he had previous traffic
violations on his record.
Mor has a previous conviction for
assaulting a police officer, police said, and two past drugs conviction.
Mor returned from abroad severa months ago, and attempted to
renew his driving license, but was unable to do so due to unpaid fines
and previous convictions. He continued to drive using a valid American
Mor told police that he did not notice striking a
cyclist and claimed he only saw that his windshield was cracked the
"He feels very bad and is constantly saying
he deserves to be in prison. He has collapsed emotionally," Mor's
attorney, Tami Olman, said.
Police said they suspect Mor had
passengers in the car when the incident occured, who helped convince him
to drive on.
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