Tel Aviv court convicts owner of jeep that hit Meital Aharonson

The Tel Aviv District Court on Wednesday convicted 23-year-old Victor Lavi, the owner of a jeep involved in a hit-and-run accident that killed Meital Aharonson and seriously injured Mali Yazdi in October 2008. As part of a plea bargain, Lavi admitted that before his friends took his jeep and hit the young women, he committed several offenses, including driving under the influence of alcohol, assaulting a policeman and escaping from legal custody. In November, Lavi's friends Shai Simon and Shalom Yemini were charged with manslaughter, as they were allegedly drunk when they drove through a red light while the women were crossing the street.