Israeli Truck Driver Who Killed Three Charged With Manslaughter

Kamal Diab was charged three counts of manslaughter, driving under the influence of heroin, running a red light and causing serious injury over his involvement in a car accident that left two women and a toddler dead.

Noa Shpigel
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Kamal Diab in court, August 14, 2016.
Kamal Diab in court, August 14, 2016.Credit: Rami Shllush
Noa Shpigel
Noa Shpigel

Kamal Diab, the truck driver involved in an accident at the Fureidis junction earlier this month that killed two women and a toddler, was charged on Sunday with three counts of manslaughter, driving under the influence of heroin, running a red light and causing serious injury.

According to the indictment, in the early morning hours of August 3, Diab was driving southbound on Route 4 under the influence of drugs. At the Fureidis junction, near Zichron Yaakov, he ran a red light and hit a passenger vehicle crossing the intersection, the indictment said. The collision killed Olga Ashkar, her sister Angelique Naim, and Angelique’s 20-month-old daughter. The women’s husbands were seriously injured and are still hospitalized.

The prosecution wants Diab detained until the end of legal proceedings.

Diab has previous convictions for drug possession and use, as well as 90 traffic convictions for swerving out of his lane, crossing a dividing line and using a cell phone while driving. Diab’s attorney, Muhammad Sbihat, said, “We will study the material and respond accordingly.”

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