At least 8 killed on the roads over weekend

10-year-old girl found dead in Wadi Joz; two-car collision kills man near Nevatim Air Force Base in Negev.

By OREN KESSLER,
May 28, 2011 11:01
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Magen David Adom ambulances [file]

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.

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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 Day.”

Islam has denied the suspicions, claiming a tire on his 20-ton Volvo truck was punctured, causing him to lose control.

During the 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 father.

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 Jerusalem Post 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.

Near the 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 commercial vehicle.

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 Tiberias.

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.


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