Woman from Acre run-over succumbs to her wounds

Two 20-year-old IDF soldiers killed: Lieutenant Michal Zohar and Staff Sergeant Kayzel Iman; driver's remand extended by 9 days, said to be mentally ill.

November 12, 2010 10:59
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Gabriel Hen, suspected in death of 2 IDF soldiers.

Acre driver 311. (photo credit: Israel Police)

An additional victim has died as a result of a truck that plowed into a bus station in Acre on Thursday. IDF soldier Lieutenant Michal Zohar, 20, succumbed to her wounds at Nahariya Hospital overnight Thursday. She suffered severe head trauma.

The name of the IDF soldier who also died in the incident was identified as 20-year-old Staff Sergeant Kayzel Iman. He will be laid to rest on Sunday in Kfar Marar.

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The incident occurred Thursday evening when a truck driver smashed his vehicle into a bus stop near Acre's train station. Three people were severely injured and six additional people were in light to moderate condition. All of the casualties, suffering a variety of injuries, were evacuated to the Nahariya Hospital. Some of the most critically injured bystanders were subsequently airlifted by Magen David Adom to the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa.

The driver has been identified as 45-year-old Gabriel Hen. His remand was extended to November 21 Friday morning.

Police in the North have said Hen, a Jewish resident of Acre, told detectives during questioning that he deliberately rammed his truck into the bus stop.

"The Shin Bet [Israel Security Agency] and the police killed my kid," the suspect told police during interrogation, when asked to explain his actions.

A subsequent police check revealed that the man has two children, both of whom are alive and well.

 After the incident, the driver fled the scene on foot, and got as far as a kilometer before being arrested by police.

On Friday night, Channel 2 reported that police had described Hen as suffering from a long history of mental illness.

According to authorities, Hen's mental problems were severe enough to have warranted institutionalization and that he had not received a sufficient degree of treatment before he drove his vehicle into the bus stop on Thursday. Police said the background to the attack remained unclear.

The incident was attended to by senior police brass including northern police district head, Cmdr. Shimon Koren.

Koren told reporters on the scene that the driver had left a trail of carnage behind him, colliding with vehicles before crashing into a bus stop.

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