Thousands gather for funeral of TA hit-and-run victim

Kibbutz Neve Or: Family and friends pay final respects to 25-year-old Pilates instructor Lee Zeitouni who was run over in north Tel Aviv.

By JPOST.COM STAFF, JOANNA PARAS
September 18, 2011 19:41
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Hit-and-run victim Lee Zeitouni

Hit-and-run victim Lee Zeitouni 311. (photo credit: Courtesy: Facebook)

Thousands of people gathered at Kibbutz Neve Or on Sunday for the funeral of 25-year-old Pilates instructor Lee Zeitouni who was killed when a BMW driver knocked her over as she walked to work in north Tel Aviv Friday.

Two French nationals were suspected of carrying out the lethal hit and run accident.

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Israeli law enforcement officials were in close touch with their French counterparts over how to bring the men to justice.

Tel Aviv state prosecutors said they were waiting for the Israel Police to complete its investigation into the incident.

The suspects fled the scene, driving recklessly through red lights, according to police. Both suspects then packed suitcases in a hurry, gathered family members together, and flew to Paris.

State prosecutors are waiting for the police investigation to be complete before making a decision on whether to ask France to extradite the men to Israel or to try them in a French court, the Justice Ministry said.


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