Police search for hit-and-run suspects, 1 dead

26-year-old dies in Lod car accident; police find driver ran him over 2nd time as he fled, search for driver, 2 passengers.

police car 311 (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
police car 311
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Police were searching on Saturday for a hit-and-run driver who killed a 26-year-old man in Lod in front of his wife on Friday.
Ilan Sirik was struck down as he and his wife were crossing the city’s Einstein Street.
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His wife said she saw the car, a dark-colored Mazda Lantis, stop for a moment, before fleeing the scene. The couple had been walking toward the Lod train station on their way to their home in Ashdod.
Police have appealed for the driver to turn himself in, adding that if he doesn’t they will be able to track him down soon.
Magen David Adom paramedics tried to revive Sirik en route to Assaf Harofeh Medical Center in Tzrifin. He was pronounced dead soon after arrival.
In the minutes after the incident, police set up roadblocks around Lod in an effort to capture the driver.
On Friday night, a policeman in Tel Aviv opened fire at the wheels of a suspicious vehicle driving erratically on a crowded road.
The vehicle, containing four youths from the North, had been ordered to stop, but the driver sped away, police said.
The gunshots failed to stop the car, and it drove through intersections at high speed, including through a red light on Dizengoff Street. The driver soon lost control, and smashed into a sidewalk bench on Dizengoff, lightly injuring a couple sitting on it.
The occupants of the car were arrested. Magen David Adom paramedics evacuated the couple to the city’s Ichilov Hospital.
Police have opened an inquiry, as is standard practice following the use of firearms on duty.