Yom Kippur driver guilty of manslaughter

Nearly 2 years ago, Assad Shibli ran child over in Kfar Tavor; friend convicted of fleeing the scene.

Assad Shibli 248.88 (photo credit: Channel 10)
Assad Shibli 248.88
(photo credit: Channel 10)
The Nazareth District Court on Wednesday found Assad Shibli, 22, guilty of manslaughter for running over and killing Tal Zino, 9, in Kfar Tavor on Yom Kippur in 2007. His friend, Mohammad Ma'moun Shibli, who was in the back seat of the ATV, was found guilty of fleeing the scene after the accident and not administering medical assistance. Nearly two years ago, prosecutors filed an indictment against the residents of the Galilee village of Shibli for their part in the killing while driving an all-terrain vehicle and hitting Zino, who was riding her bicycle in the northern community. She sustained critical injuries and was rushed to Afula's Ha'emek Hospital, where doctors pronounced her dead. Assad Shibli was charged with manslaughter, despite the fact that the Northern District Attorney's Office had initially considered charging the driver with murder. According to the indictment, two weeks before Yom Kippur, the driver, Assad Shibli had gotten into an argument with a Border Police volunteer in Kfar Tavor, who had criticized him for his wild driving. "You'll see what we'll do to you on Yom Kippur," Shibli was quoted as saying to him. Also according to the indictment, before killing Zino, Shibli had tried to run over two other residents of the town. Shibli has maintained throughout the investigation that he entered Kfar Tavor to withdraw money from an ATM and had then been frightened off by local residents. He said that while rushing out, he lost control of the vehicle. Investigators were hesitant to accept this account, since the ATM was at the entrance of Kfar Tavor, while the scene of the accident was in the center of the town.