Hit-and-run victim Lee Zeitouni 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy: Facebook)
An international arrest warrant has been issued for two French nationals suspected of
running down and killing a 25-year-old woman in north Tel Aviv on
Police suspect that Claude Issac, 40, and Eric Rubic, 38, flew to
Paris with their families soon after the lethal hit and run, and obtained the
arrest warrant from the Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court on Saturday
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Police have asked Interpol to assist in bringing the suspects into custody.
"The two escaped the scene and drove through red lights. They hid
the car in the parking lot of the building they lived in, on Maze Street in Tel
Aviv," a Tel Aviv police spokesman said.
"Immediately afterward, they
gathered their belongings in suitcases and fled the country with their families.
They're now in Paris," she added.
Earlier on Saturday, police carried out
a nation-wide search for the men, described as French tourists.
morning, Zeitouni, a Pilates instructor, was on her way to a gym to give a class
when she was struck by a black BMW sports utility vehicle on Pinkhas
The blow sent heri flying onto the oncoming lane, where she was
struck by a second vehicle. She was instantly killed.
The BMW raced away
from the scene of the accident.
Zeiotuni was identified at the scene by
stunned colleagues from her gym. Magen David Adom paramedics pronounced her dead
on the scene.
Police launched a major search for the vehicle, and asked
members of the public to report any possible sighting of a BMW X6 model that fit
the description of the vehicle seen striking Zeituni.
hours, a Tel Aviv resident responded to the appeal and reported finding a BMW
with visible damage to its front in parking lot of a building on Tel Aviv's Maze
street. It was traced to a French tourist named later as Eric
There was some confusion earlier on Saturday over whether the men
had fled the country. Law enforcement sources had told The Jerusalem Post
Saturday that all lines of inquiry were being examined, and that it had not yet
been established whether men had fled to France or not.
at the country's air and sea ports had been notified of the suspects' identities, and Tel
Aviv police have created a special task force to track down the
Zeitouni was born and raised in Kibbutz Nave Or in northern
Israel. She leaves behind her parents, two brothers, and a sister.