(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [illustrative])
A 19-year-old female soldier was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver on
Route 66 near Yokne’am on Friday before being run over by three additional
vehicles while lying on the road, police said.
A woman who drove through
the area at the time of the accident told police early on Saturday that she “may
have hit something” as she traveled along the road. Traffic police investigators
do not think she was the first to hit the pedestrian.
“Four vehicles hit
the deceased,” a police spokesman said. “We appeal to all drivers who were in
the area and saw vehicles that struck the soldier to get in touch with us at
their local police station,” the spokesman added.
According to police,
the first hit and run driver struck the woman as she walked out of a nearby gas
The driver fled the scene without stopping for assistance.
Police said a search for the suspect is underway.
Three more vehicles
struck the soldier as she lay on the road afterward, police suspect.
newspaper-delivery man noticed the soldier lying on the ground, and ran to the
gas station to call for assistance.
At that point, police said, a vehicle
whose driver noticed the soldier lying on the ground attempted to swerve to
avoid hitting her, and crashed into a ditch, lightly injuring the driver and
Magen David Adom paramedics arrived on the scene and
pronounced her dead.
The soldier’s family identified the body based on
photographs from the accident scene.
“The chances that we will get to the
[hit-and-run driver] are very high, and it’s in his interest to turn himself in
and provide his account,” said Dep.-Cmdr. Yossi Hatukai, a Traffic Police
officer in the police’s northern district, according to Army
Earlier on Friday, one person was killed and two were lightly
injured in a car accident near the Damon prison in the Carmel region of northern