Deputy State Prosecutor Yehuda Shaffer struck and killed a 65-year-old jogger with his car in Haifa on Saturday.
The victim, Haifa resident Yehezkel Elias Mansur, is thought to have entered the road outside of a crosswalk.
The accident occurred on Abba Hushi Boulevard. Shaffer, 52, said he was driving home when a jogger suddenly ran into the road in front of his car.
“Shaffer was driving at the legal speed limit, when suddenly a pedestrian ran out into the road in front of him,” said his attorney, Nitsa Cohen. “In my opinion, there was no way to prevent the accident. He braked, but couldn’t stop in the distance he had.”
An ambulance crew declared Mansur dead at the scene.
After the accident, police questioned Shaffer under caution on suspicion of contributory negligence. They also tested to see if he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He cooperated with the investigation. His driver’s license has been suspended for 90 days.
Cohen said that Shaffer, who is mourning the recent death of his mother, plans to pay a condolence call on the Mansur family.
Mansur, a retired senior official at Israel Discount Bank, was well known in the local banking world. He is survived by two sons.
Ronny Mansur, his brother, said police had promised to keep the family informed of the progress of the investigation.
“Right now, we’re not capable of digesting the deep sorrow that has visited us,” he said. “The family is united about leaving no stone unturned to find out what happened there, with no connection to the identity of the driver who hit him. We want to know how the accident happened.”
Shaffer was appointed deputy state prosecutor for economic affairs in 2009. Previously, he served as head of the Israel Money Laundering and Terror Financing Prohibition Authority. For the past 30 years, he has also been a reserve officer in the Israel Defense Forces, serving as a company commander and battalion commander in both the first and second intifadas.
In 2000, a female liaison officer in his battalion complained that Shaffer had sexually harassed her. He was put on disciplinary trial on charges of conduct unbecoming an officer and was acquitted due to reasonable doubt. The liaison officer asked the High Court of Justice to cancel the disciplinary hearing and order Shaffer indicted in a military court instead, but the court rejected her petition in 2001.
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