Hit-and-run suspect faces manslaughter charges

Indictment issued against suspected Netanya driver Baraby; charged with abandoning scene, driving under influence.

Shushan Baraby in court 370 (photo credit: Ben Hartman)
Shushan Baraby in court 370
(photo credit: Ben Hartman)
An indictment was issued Friday against suspected Netanya hit-and-run driver Shoshan Baraby, charging him with manslaughter, abandoning the scene of an accident, driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs and obstruction of justice.
Police believe Baraby was driving the Audi sedan that plowed through a crosswalk on August 17 and killed Svetlana Yigudiyev, 56, and her daughter Shoshana, 25, both from Dimona, along with Svetlana’s cousin Alexandra Rubinov, 67, from Netanya.
According to the indictment filed at the Lod Magistrate's Court, Baraby consumed copious amounts of alcohol and that his decision to drive transformed him into a “ticking time bomb.”
Police received witness testimony that Baraby was drinking before the accident, and was seen driving off in the Audi sedan before the fatal accident took place.
Prosecution asked that Baraby’s remand be extended until the end of the court case.
Baraby has denied the charges against him, calling on authorities to find the real culprit. “I trust that police will do their job and the driver will be found,” Baraby said in August, the day after he was caught in a massive police raid on a Netanya office building following a three-day manhunt.
Ben Hartman contributed to this report.