(photo credit: REUTERS)
Moments after Nehorai Danino flipped over and was critically injured Wednesday
while involved in filming a video for his bar mitzva, Chen Elfasy fled in the
ATV that Danino had fallen from.
He took the vehicle to be washed in an
attempt to destroy evidence, police said during a remand hearing for Elfasy on
The 20-year-old Yavne native was arrested by Rehovot police on
Wednesday, not long after Danino was evacuated by helicopter from the scene, in
Danino, the suspected “owner” of the vehicle, told
police that he was lent the ATV by a friend named Shimon Ohana, and that the
idea of filming the video in the sand dunes of Yavne had been suggested by
Nehorai’s father, Shuki Danino.
Regardless, police interviewed dozens of
witness to the incident, including the cameraman filming the video, and were
able to locate Elfasy within hours.
On Thursday, the Rishon Lezion
Magistrate’s Court ordered Elfasy’s remand extended until Sunday, as police work
on the case, which will probably include charges of causing injury through
negligence, destroying evidence and obstruction of justice among
The accident that left Danino fighting for his life came on a day
that saw seven Israelis killed in traffic accidents in one of the bloodiest
tolls on Israel’s roads in years.
Those dead include two young mothers
killed when their cars collided head-on on Highway 40 in the Negev.