Tal Mor
Tal Mor, center, with his parents in court in Petah Tikva. Photo by Nir Keidar
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The man who ran over and killed cyclist Shneor Cheshin before fleeing the scene was sentenced to 12 years in prison by the Central District Court on Sunday. Tal Mor, who killed Cheshin, son of former Supreme Court justice Mishael Cheshin, will also have to compensate the Cheshin family with 30,000 NIS for June 2010 accident.

Mor was convicted earlier this month by the Petah Tikva District Court of vehicular manslaughter; leaving the victim at the scene of the accident; driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol; obstruction of justice and driving without a license and insurance.

In his sentence, Judge Zecharia Caspi said he felt sentences given to those "who take the wheel drunk" should be increased, adding that "this sentence should be hung from on the walls of every bar."

Mor's attorney was pleased with the sentence, saying that "12 years in prison is less than what the prosecution had requested."

Following the conviction, prosecutor Aviv Sharon said the state did not feel there was any reason for leniency in Mor's case, since hours before the accident Mor had been at three different pubs, his blood alcohol was three times the legal limit and he had also used drugs.

According to the conviction, an inebriated Mor hit Cheshin as he was cycling along Highway 5.

Mor, who realized that he had hit a person, did not stop and continued driving to his home in Kfar Baruch. Upon arrival, he covered his windshield, and called his insurance agent to inform him that his car had slipped and that he had hit a tree.

During the trial, Mor alleged that he had indeed hit Cheshin with his car, but denied that the accident was the cause for the victim's death, saying that is was possible that another car had hit Cheshin later on.