Basketball / Case closed on Bynum 'hit-and-run' affair
The hit-and-run investigation against Will Bynum has found him innocent of any wrongdoing, the Tel Aviv district attorney's office announced yesterday. The D.A. and police are convinced they proved beyond doubt that Bynum "could not have behaved otherwise" when he ran over Ben-Natan Bronson January 5 outside a Tel Aviv nightclub and was therefore is not guilty of any crime.
The D.A. explained yesterday that Bynum was unequivocably facing "clear and present danger, so he acted reasonably to get himself out of this situation." Beyond any doubt, said the D.A., his intention was to drive away immediately when he found his vehicle was being pelted by large rocks. Under pressure and fearing they would lynch him, he hit Bronson while "trying to flee the place."
One of the investigators in the case said that although Bynum clearly injured another person, in light of the circumstances of the situation, he was innocent of any crime.
Police arrested Bynum just hours after the incident. Bronson's friends alleged in the press that they saw Bynum trying several times to run him over before fleeing. However, investigators say they soon "figured out the crime scene told a slightly different story from that of the witnesses." It didn't take long, they said, to see that "without doubt Bynum was attacked with huge rocks prior to the hit-and-run." Evidence included a smashed windshield and dents to his vehicle.
The central question then became whether Bynum could have acted any differently. Lab tests proved Bynum didn't run over Bronson more than once, which ruled out intent and corroborated his version of events that all he was trying to do was to get out of there.
The D.A. decided not to prosecute Bronson's friends, though it's clear some of them attacked Bynum and threw rocks. The prosecutors said there's no evidence pointing to specific perpetrators.