News in Brief: May 21, 2010

President Shimon Peres. (photo credit: ap)
President Shimon Peres.
(photo credit: ap)
Car kills 2 pedestrians in Haifa suburb
Police detained a 23-year-old female driver who is suspected of killing 61-year-old Ela Nistov and another female pedestrian. The suspect was lightly injured in the accident, and was being treated at Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center.
The suspect’s license had been suspended in February for two months. She did not reinstate her license and so was driving without a valid license.
According to police, the vehicle was traveling northward when it hit the two pedestrians as they were crossing the street at a crosswalk. Police are investigating whether the suspect ran a red light.
One of the women was killed instantly, while the other was mortally injured.     • Jerusalem Post staff
Modi’in teen donates seven organs
The family of a 17-year-old boy from the Modi’in area who suffered lower-brain death from the lack of oxygen to his head donated organs to seven patients just before Shavuot. The organs, including two corneas, were removed at Schneider Children’s Medical Center in Petah Tikva.
Within 24 hours, a heart was transplanted into the chest of an 11-year-old boy, lungs into a 13-year-old girl, a liver in a 17-year-old girl and a kidney in a 17-year-old boy – all at Schneider. A kidney and pancreas were transplanted into a 31-year-old man at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center. The two corneas will be implanted soon.
The donor’s Orthodox father told Israel Transplant that the family encountered the “so-difficult moment – while saying farewell to our great righteous son, whom it was a privilege to raise – of being asked to donate his organs. At this unbearable moment, we felt that that he commanded us to do a good deed. It was very important to us as parents to prevent others from suffering a terrible loss like ours.”
The couple asked rabbis whether they were allowed to take action on their son’s behalf and whether donating organs would harm his soul. The rabbis gave them their approval and the parents gave their consent.     • Judy Siegel
Peres reviews new IMI developments
President Shimon Peres, accompanied by Defense Ministry director-general Udi Shani, on Thursday reviewed some of Israel Military Industry’s new equipment, including precision-guided missiles, and learned from IMI chairman Avner Raz what this new equipment is capable of. Raz also told Peres about systems still in the pipeline.
Declaring IMI to be on the cutting edge of defense technologies, Peres said that he regretted that the Israeli public could not be made aware of the breadth, depth and variety of these developments, but that he could assure Israelis that they could rely on them.    • Greer Fay Cashman