A three-year old girl was killed Saturday afternoon after being run over by an unlicensed 16-year-old motorcycle rider in Bosmat Tivon in the western Galilee.
The girl was taken to Rambam Hospital in Haifa, where she died of head wounds an hour later.
The motorcycle rider fled the scene, but was later found and arrested by traffic police and taken in for questioning, before being treated for leg injuries suffered in the accident.
According to initial reports, the child wanted to cross the road but the motorcycle rider failed to notice her. A Magen David Adom rescue team attempted to resuscitate the girl after finding her with head wounds and no pulse.
Witnesses told Haaretz that the boy was seen riding his motorcycle around the town's streets an hour earlier at what they called "too high" a speed. The witnesses said they even asked the rider to slow down.
Meanwhile, a two-year-old boy was moderately injured and his mother lightly injured after they were hit by a car at a pedestrian crossing in Modi'in. The mother was pushing her son in a stroller when they were struck by the car.
Saturday's incidents come less than a week after the publication of a report showing that the number of pedestrians injured or killed in traffic accidents is on the rise.
In 2008, 450 people were killed in traffic accidents in Israel, of which 156 were pedestrians - a jump of 17 percent from the number of pedestrians killed in 2007. About 3,000 pedestrians were injured in 2008, 364 of those seriously.
So far numbers for 2009 do not auger well for the future. A recent probe by the police's traffic division revealed that 40 percent of those killed in traffic accidents since the start of the year were pedestrians, most of which occurred at crosswalks.
Police data shows 75 percent of traffic accidents involving pedestrians in urban areas were caused by drivers and 20 percent of those hurt were children.
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