Victim's mother: Driver 'should join Meital in her grave'
Defendants charged with manslaughter, grievous bodily harm, abandoning an injured person, drunk driving, destroying evidence and running a red light.
Liora Aharonson, whose daughter Meital was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Tel Aviv on October 17, burst out screaming at the defendants charged with the crime during the opening of their trial in the Tel Aviv District Court Monday.
"The truth is clear. There's no need to investigate. It's clear to see and my daughter is underground," she said. "[Defendant Shalom Yemini] should join her there. That would be justice."
Monday was the Aharonson family's first encounter with the defendants, Yemini and Shai Simon.
"Seeing them here was more difficult than the funeral," said Meital's brother, Tomer, 21.
Yemini, 31, and Simon, 27, both of Ramat Gan, are charged with manslaughter, grievous bodily harm, abandoning an injured person, drunk driving, destroying evidence and running a red light. Yemini is also charged with threats and driving without a license.
According to the indictment, the two defendants fled the Tel Aviv port area in a jeep while drunk. Speeding down Ibn Gabirol St. they hit and killed Meital Aharonson, 27, and seriously injured her friend, Mali Yazdi, as the two were crossing at a croswwalk at the corner of Ibn Gabirol and Zeitlin streets.
Yemini is charged with driving the car; Simon was initially the passenger. After leaving the two women on the road and speeding away, however, they switched places. Yemini also threatened Simon with a knife and ordered him to wipe away their fingerprints and any other sign of their having been in the vehicle, the indictment says.
The court on Monday extended Yemini's remand until December 9 and Simon's until November 12. Meanwhile, the trial has been postponed to enable their attorneys to study the evidence.