Truck Kills Jaffa Boy, 4, as He Crosses the Road

A 4-year-old boy died yesterday morning in Jaffa after being run over by a truck while crossing the road with his aunt.

Just before 11 A.M., Mohammed Sanduka was knocked over by the truck at the corner of Jerusalem Boulevard and Salameh Streets, leaving him in critical condition. A Magen David Adom Medical Services intensive care unit rushed to the scene and took the boy to Tel Aviv's Ichilov hospital, where he died soon afterward. His aunt was unharmed.

A police investigation led by Superintendent Nissim Parhi found that the boy crossed at a crosswalk with his aunt, who was pushing a stroller. The truck driver waiting at the traffic light failed to notice the pair and began to accelerate, striking the boy in the head.

The driver will be summoned before a traffic court on Sunday, and his driving license revoked for several months.

Since the beginning of infrastructure work for light rail tracks on Jerusalem Boulevard, the street has become particularly dangerous for pedestrians. One traffic lane has been blocked and signposts moved, straining traffic as drivers struggle to deal with the changes.

Since last December, five people have been run over on the street, including two children. Tel Aviv police have rejected motorists' claims that driving on Jerusalem Boulevard has become extremely difficult, saying that the accidents have nothing to do with the ongoing road work.