Another judge's son dies when hit by car; three others killed over weekend
The 16-year-old son of Magistrate's Court Judge Alexander Ron was run over and killed Friday afternoon as he was walking along the side of the road near Etzion Junction.
Amitai Ron was taken in critical condition to Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem, where he died a few hours later.
Police said the driver, Ariel Mishnayot, 24, said he had been distracted by something in the car and did not notice it had swerved to the shoulder, when it struck Ron.
Mishnayot is cooperating with police. The initial investigation shows that he had been driving within the speed limit. He will continue to be questioned today and will apparently be charged with negligent homicide.
Judge Ron and Mishnayot's father, Col. Aharon Mishnayot of Efrat, who is the president of the Military Tribunal of Appeals, were students together at the Or Etzion yeshiva and have remained friends ever since. After the accident, Mishnayot paid a condolence call on Ron.
Amitai's funeral is scheduled for 3 P.M. today in Gush Etzion.
Three more people were killed and one seriously injured in other traffic accidents over the weekend.
Shimon Shaked, 38, of Tiberias, was killed early yesterday when he lost control of his motorcycle and turned over when driving on Route 90 near the southern exit of Tiberias.
On Friday afternoon, a 23-year-old pedestrian was crossing the road at Golani Junction when a car struck him at high speed. He was taken in serious condition by helicopter to Rambam Medical Center in Haifa.
Also Friday, an Israeli soldier was killed when he lost control of his motorcycle and smashed into a divider near the main mall in Be'er Sheva, on his way to Eilat.
In another accident, a 50-year-old Palestinian died of a head injury Friday evening after apparently falling off a horse near the village of Anata north of Jerusalem. Police said they are investigating an eyewitness report that the horse was struck by a car with Palestinian plates, which fled the scene.
A driver brought the injured man by car to the army roadblock at the entrance to the Shoafat refugee camp, where Border Police called a Magen David ambulance, which took the man to Hadassah Medical Center, Mount Scopus, where he later died.
Meanwhile, a week after Shneor Cheshin was run down while riding his bike by Tal Mor, who had been to Tel Aviv bars before the accident, police were stationed outside the club area of Tel Aviv Port. Cheshin was the son of a retired Supreme Court justice.
Miley Ronen, head of Tel Aviv's union of bars and clubs, told Chief Superintendent Sigal Bar-Zvi, commander of the north Tel Aviv police station, and Superintendent Yossi Patito, "people don't spend a lot of money on drinks."
Patito raised an eyebrow. "There are plenty of people like Tal Mor, and they drink a lot more than you say," he said.
At the police roadblock, Dikla Golasa, of the Tel Aviv District traffic division, flagged down a car, which sped up to flee. Police caught him and brought him to Golasa.
He was arrested after a breathalyzer test showed he was intoxicated. Golasa then arrested a motorcyclist who refused to be checked. The alcohol on her breath left no doubt about her condition. She was taken to the station.
Nearby, Sgt. Maj. Lior Ashbal, in charge of another roadblock, said: "Catching young [drunk] drivers is like trying to dry out the sea with a teaspoon."