TA liable for marathon death

David Shelmovitz, 42, collapsed during the race and later died of liver damage from dehydration.

July 29, 2014 08:38
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Tel Aviv marathon 2014

Tel Aviv marathon 2014. (photo credit: CAMILLA SCHICK)

The Tel Aviv Municipality will have to pay NIS 890,000 to the family of a man who died of heatstroke while running the 2011 half marathon in the city, following a court ruling on Sunday.

David Shelmovitz, 42, collapsed during the race and was hospitalized at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv for dehydration. His condition continued to worsen, and three days after being admitted he died from liver damage.

Tel Aviv Magistrate Court Judge Menahem Klein ruled that the city showed negligence by failing to demand that runners produce forms showing they are physically fit.

The family had claimed that as a gym requires such forms so should have the city of Tel Aviv prior to the race. Instead, the city relied on an online sign-up form.

In the 2013 Tel Aviv marathon a 29-year-old man, Maj. Michael Michaelovich collapsed and died during the shortened race, which was held in unseasonably hot weather for March.

Due to the hot weather the city consulted with the Health Ministry and Ichilov Hospital, which instructed them to hold only a half marathon so that it would start at 6 a.m. and end by 9:30 a.m.

Nonetheless, a total of 80 runners were given medical treatment during and after the race for dehydration and heatstroke.

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