(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Two teens speeding through the capital’s French Hill neighborhood allegedly hit and killed a motorcyclist late Tuesday night as they were trying to pass each other.
The victim, a 35-year-old Silwan resident, was pronounced dead at the scene.
On Wednesday, police denied media reports that the two 19-year-old
Jerusalem residents had been drag racing when the accident occurred,
saying instead that they had been driving at a high speed on the
neighborhood’s Uzi Narkiss bridge. The motorcyclist was hit when one of
the drivers tried to pass the other one, they said.
Police also denied reports that one of the drivers fled the scene of
the accident, saying that the driver in question had not seen that the
man was hit and continued driving. He was arrested shortly thereafter.
The second driver noticed immediately that the motorcyclist was hit and
stopped to help.
Paramedics rushed to the scene and attempted to revive the victim, to no avail.
According to police, neither of the suspects have criminal records, and
both have reportedly cooperated fully with the investigation.