Boy, 3, Killed After Being Crushed by Father's Car Near Home

Accident occurred in Bedouin town of Segev Shalom; two youngsters killed in car crash near Eilat.

Three people were killed Saturday morning in traffic accidents in the south of the country.

In the Bedouin town of Segev Shalom, a three-and-a-half year old boy, Zadok Abu Swilam, died after being accidentally crushed to death as his friends who were playing in his father's parked car released the hand brake.

Police who investigated the incident found that the boy's father parked the car on an inclined angle in the front yard of the family's home. As Abu Swilam's friends climbed into the vehicle, Abu Swilam was standing behind the car.

Once his friends released the hand brake, the car began moving backwards, trampling Abu Swilam. The boy was subsequently rushed to the town infirmary, to where a Magen David Adom ambulance was quickly summoned. Doctors for MDA and the infirmary pronounced the boy dead at the scene.

In the last year, at least four Bedouin children were killed as a result of being hit by a car in their home's front yard. The traffic unit at the Negev police have recently began providing educational instruction at schools as well as useful tips for adults in order to raise awareness in preventing accidents of this type.

In an accident on the Arava Highway two youngsters were killed after a minibus and car collided some 80 kilometers north of Eilat. The minibus driver sustained light-to-moderate wounds and was taken to Yoseftal Hospital in Eilat.

Earlier Saturday, a car overturned near Netanya, and its driver sustained serious wounds. The accident caused heavy traffic jams on the Coastal Highway.