(photo credit: Channel 10)
The Northern District Attorney's Office instructed police on Sunday to investigate Assad Shibli, the man who ran over nine-year-old Tal Zino on Yom Kippur, on suspicion of murder.
Zino was killed while riding her bicycle on Yom Kippur in the northern community of Kfar Tavor, where she was hit by an all-terrain vehicle and sustained critical injuries. She was rushed to Ha'Emek Hospital in Afula, but doctors were unable to save her life.
Police arrested Shibli, 20, who was driving the vehicle and was lightly injured.
Shibli, from a nearby village of the same name, maintained that he had entered Kfar Tavor to withdraw money from an ATM and had then been frightened off by local residents. He said he had hurried away from the scene and lost control of the vehicle.
Investigators were hesitant to accept his account, since the ATM was at the entrance of Kfar Tavor, while the scene of the accident was in the center of the community.
Another Shibli resident involved in the crash turned himself in on Friday after police searched for him for nearly a week.