Demonstrators Demand Indictment of Driver Who Killed Youth in Tel Aviv

Israeli TV channel releases more details, indicating driver knew taxi driver who testified on her behalf.

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

Hundreds of people gathered Saturday night at a Tel Aviv intersection to protest the failure to prosecute the driver who ran over and killed a 16-year-old 10 years ago.

At the protest, at the corner of Keren Kayameth and Haim Levanon streets where the youth, Gal Beck, was killed while riding his motor scooter, lit candles that spelled out the words “we are all Gal Beck.”

“The intersection is the place where this happened. We wanted to light a candle together with everyone who wanted to do this to express our protest and push our agenda," Oded Beck, Gal’s father, said. He added that he believed the case would be reopened and reach the court. “We want this to lead to an indictment against the driver,” Beck said, calling for an investigation on the way it had been decided to close the case.

Maj. Gen. (res.) Yom-Tov Samia, who was Oded Beck’s commander in the Paratroop Brigade, said at the protest, “In one of the first lessons in Law 101 we learned that there is no connection between law and justice, and this shows that the gap between them is really too much.” Samia said that if drivers who go wild on the road know “that with a little money they can escape punishment, they won’t be careful or they’ll be less careful.”

Channel 1 News on Saturday 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. The driver also knew the phone number and identity number of the taxi driver although she did not get out of her car at the scene until an ambulance came and took her to the hospital. The investigating officer determined that the evidence given by the taxi driver was inconsistent with findings at the scene as well as other evidence.