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Tal Mor, who was charged with killing bicyclist Shneor Cheshin in a hit-and-run case in June, admitted yesterday to involvement in the accident but insisted that he did not realize anyone had been hurt.

His lawyer, Tamar Ullmann, told the Petah Tikva District Court that she will ask an expert to look into the possibility that someone else subsequently hit Cheshin and caused his death.

Mor, via Ullmann, also denied that he had used drugs before the accident, saying he smoked the hashish whose traces were found in him only afterward. He also insisted that he drank less alcohol than the indictment claims. He said he drank a glass of beer and two of arak, but the remaining drinks he bought were for other people.

Contrary to the wording of the indictment, visibility on the morning of the accident was very poor, with heavy fog, Mor said. He also denied that he had covered his windshield.

Finally, he denied that he intended to obstruct justice when he told his insurance agent that he had hit a tree. At the time, that is what he really thought had happened, his lawyer said.

In addition to the charges of hit and run, obstruction of justice and driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol, Mor is also charged with drug possession and driving without a valid license and insurance.