Magen David Adom ambulances 311.
(photo credit: Reuters)
Eight people died and many more were hurt in four traffic accidents this
weekend. In addition, a German journalist seriously injured in a collision
Tuesday between an Egged bus and a semitrailer on the Tel Aviv- Jerusalem
highway also died of her wounds.
Antonia Bogner, 30, was being treated at
Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer. Her family member said on Friday that her
organs would be donated.
Meanwhile, a 10-yearold girl was killed in what
police believe was a traffic accident in the northeast Jerusalem neighborhood of
Wadi Joz on Saturday afternoon.
That would mean there were actually nine
fatalities on the roads over the weekend.
Magen David Adom paramedics
were called to Al-Mutanavi Street to treat a girl who was on the ground
unconscious, but at first it wasn’t clear how she had been injured. MDA
paramedics evacuated the girl to Hadassah University Medical Center on Mount
Scopus, where she died.
An investigation is continuing, though police do
not believe it was a criminal incident.
On Saturday, the truck driver who
plowed into traffic in south Tel Aviv two weeks ago, killing one person and
wounding 17 others, reenacted the incident for police.
Police say Isa
Islam, 22, from Kafr Kasim, attacked people to coincide with “Nakba
Islam has denied the suspicions, claiming a tire on his 20-ton
Volvo truck was punctured, causing him to lose control.
reenactment, conducted under heavy police security, Islam followed the same
route he took on May 15, turning off Route 4 and entering Tel Aviv’s Tikva
neighborhood via the Mesubim junction.
One of the cars struck was a blue
Volkswagen driven by Aviv Morag, 29, who was on the phone with his
Morag was killed instantly.
Islam continued, smashing into
a black jeep, a white Fiat, flattening a road sign and striking other vehicles
before swerving into the opposite lane and smashing sideways into an Egged bus
that had just dropped off its last passenger.
Eyewitnesses told The
that the driver had deliberately smashed into targets along a
long stretch of the busy road.
In this weekend’s accidents, a 56-year-old
cyclist was killed on Saturday morning when he was struck by a commercial
vehicle on Route 65 near the Megiddo junction in the Galilee.
Beersheba suburb of Lehavim, a 20- year-old man was killed and six people were
injured – one of them seriously – in an accident involving two cars and a
In the Golan Heights, a van carrying laborers
collided with a tractor near the Beit Tsaida junction, killing two people and
injuring eight, one of them critically. Magen David Adom and helicopter crews
evacuated the injured to Ziv Hospital in Safed and Poriya Hospital outside
Near the Dead Sea, four people were killed when their car
collided headon with a bus carrying German tourists on Route 90 near Kibbutz
Kalya. The casualties were all Palestinians from the West Bank, two from Hebron
and two from Jenin, Israel Radio reported. Alcohol was later found in the
car.Melanie Lidman contributed to this report.