(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [illustrative])
Police have launched a nation-wide search for a French tourist suspected of
being involved in a lethal hit and run accident which claimed the life a
25-year-old woman on Friday morning in north Tel Aviv.
Lee 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 Street.
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The blow sent Zeitouni 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
Zeitouni was identified at the scene by stunned colleagues from
her gym. Magen David Adom paramedics pronounced her dead on the
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 Zeitouni.
After several 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 whose whereabouts are still not
Police were also examining the possibility that a second man was
in the jeep when it struck the woman.
Law enforcement sources told The
on Saturday that all lines of inquiry were being examined, and
that it had not yet been established whether the main suspect fled the country
The man had been spotted by residents leaving an apartment he was
Border officials at the country's air and sea ports have been
notified of the man's identity, and Tel Aviv police have created a special task
force to track down the suspect.
Police are also prepared to send alerts
to foreign police forces through Interpol if necessary.
Zeitouni was born
and raised in Kibbutz Neve Or in northern Israel. She leaves behind her parents and a sister.