hit and run car 311.
(photo credit: Court Services)
The widow of Shneur Cheshin wept Tuesday as she described how she and her three
small children had been left “wounded, bruised and broken” after Tal Mor killed
her husband in a hit-and-run on Route 5 last June.
In a moving speech
before the Central District Court in Petah Tikva, Danit Cheshin said her
children still speak with their father as if he were alive.
Tal Mor convicted of June hit-and-run death of cyclist
Tal Mor indicted for manslaughter
Itamar asked you this week to ask God’s permission to come down at night and
keep him safe,” Danit said.
Mor, 27, was convicted of Cheshin’s
manslaughter last week.
He was also convicted of driving under the
influence of drugs and alcohol and of abandoning the scene of an accident,
possession of drugs, obstruction of justice and driving without a valid license
The court heard how Mor had drunk copious amounts of
alcohol and also consumed illegal drugs during a Tel Aviv pub crawl shortly
before he struck and killed Cheshin, as he cycled along Route 5.
hitting Cheshin, Mor dragged the cyclist’s body for hundreds of meters along the
However, he did not stop to offer help, but drove home and later
told his insurance agent he had “hit a tree” to explain the damage to his
In Tuesday’s hearing, lawyer Aviv Sharon, prosecuting, dubbed the
hit-and-run accident “one of the most ugly and despicable crimes in the book”
and asked the court to hand down a harsh sentence of up to 20 years to
“[Hit-and-run accidents] violate social solidarity, they violate
mutual responsibility between people, it places the personal interests [of the
driver] above that of the victim lying in his own blood and in need of immediate
aid that could save his life,” said Sharon.
The lawyer criticized Mor’s
use of alcohol and drugs before the accident and said the 27-year-old should not
be considered a normative individual.
“The defendant admits freely that
he regularly used drugs and that he kept a stash of drugs at home,” said
Mor also saved photographs of himself smoking drugs on his
computer, Sharon noted.
Sharon also slammed Mor for not confessing to
running over Cheshin. Mor had shown a lack of accountability for the
crime, he said.
“The court stated unequivocally in its ruling that the
defendant had wept only for himself and not out of any empathy for the victim’s
family,” continued Sharon, who told the court that Shai Simon, the defendant in
a similar case, had been sentenced to 14 years imprisonment.
Ulman, defending, said the prosecution was demanding a far harsher sentence than
usually requested for those convicted of manslaughter in car
Ulman also said the court should take into account that
Cheshin had undertaken a dangerous act by cycling on a highway early in the
The appropriate punishment should be no more than five or six
years imprisonment, the same as in other similar cases, said Ulman.
the end of the hearing Mor gave a long statement to the court in which he asked
Cheshin’s family for forgiveness for the first time since his arrest.
cannot look his wife in the eye, and I am tied to the suffering she is going
through,” Mor said.
“The family was destroyed and I’ll regret that my
whole life.” Mor apologized to his friends and family and said he had been
“terrified” in prison.
“I was surrounded by criminal values about which I
was not educated, and that I hadn’t had in my life,” he said. “The accident
enlightened me about the significance and meaning of a car as something used to
In addition to this criminal suit, Cheshin’s family has also filed
a civil suit against Mor, the court learned.
Mor will be sentenced in the
Central District Court on October 23. slaughter last week. He was also
convicted of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol and of
abandoning the scene of an accident, possession of drugs, obstruction of
justice and driving without a valid license or insurance.