Tal Mor
Tal Mor being led into court, July 7, 2010. Photo by Nir Keidar
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The driver who ran over and killed cyclist Shneor Cheshin last month was charged yesterday with manslaughter. Tal Mor, 26, of Kfar Baruch, was also charged with leaving Cheshin at the scene, driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, possession of drugs, obstruction of justice and driving without a valid license or insurance.

The prosecution asked that Mor's remand be extended, likening him to a "ticking bomb."

The prosecution also said that the fact that Mor both fled the scene without assisting Cheshin and tried to conceal his damaged car shows he was trying to escape the law.

Cheshin was the son of retired Supreme Court justice Mishael Cheshin.

The Petah Tikva District Court was told that Mor had seven other convictions for moving violations, including speeding and causing an accident for which his license was suspended.

According to the indictment, during the early hours of June 18, Mor hit Cheshin after a night of drinking and smoking hashish in Tel Aviv. Cheshin, who was wearing a reflective yellow short and had blinkers on his bike, was killed instantly. He was 42.

Mor fled the scene; once at home, he tried to conceal his car's broken windshield and told his insurance agent that he'd hit a tree.

"We are deeply pained and saddened by what happened to the family of the deceased and by the catastrophe to our family," Mor's father said. "We hope for justice and a fair trial."

Mor's lawyer said his client had not used drugs before driving and that he was considering whether manslaughter could be replaced with a less serious charge.