Case of 16-year-old Killed in 2005 Traffic Accident to Be Reopened

Ch. 1 investigative reports imply that crucial evidence was covered up.

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Protesters spelling out 'We are all Gal Beck' in Hebrew in Tel Aviv, July 18, 2015.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum

The Tel Aviv Prosecutor's Office intends to reopen the case of Gal Beck, the 16-year-old who was killed in a traffic accident some 10 years ago, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said today.

Channel 1 News two weeks ago aired an investigative report about the 2005 traffic accident that implied that the state covered up crucial evidence in the case.

Beck, who was riding his scooter, was killed at the Tel Aviv intersection of Keren Kayemet and Haim Levanon, after being run over by a woman who had allegedly crossed the intersection on a red light and lied to police about her speed.

Shaked made the announcement at the Knesset plenum during a debate on the case, which was held at the request of MK Revital Swid (Zionist Union).

The prosecution said in response that "following the Beck family's appeal, we decided to examine the complaints. New testimonies were taken from several people"

"We cannot disclose details regarding the testimonies, but we're in the midst of completing the investigation and then we'll make a decision on the appeal," the prosecution said. The statement also said that examining the appeal and expanding the investigation "are not an indication of the appeal's outcome."

On Saturday, Channel 1 released more details of the accident, including that the police officer who investigated the accident had determined that the woman who ran Beck over had crossed the intersection on a red light and that she had lied about her speed. The prosecution ignored this evidence, according to Channel 1. The report also stated that the driver, who is the daughter of a businessman, knew precise information about a taxi driver by the name of Oshrat who testified on her behalf to the police that Gal Beck had been the one to cross against the light. 

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