Three members of the same family were killed early Friday morning when the driver lost control of the car they were in and flipped over. Two others were seriously injured.
The driver of the vehicle, Azanu Asias, 27, his brother Guy, 23, and their cousin Yair, 18, all from the Rishon Letzion neighborhood of Ramat Eliyahu, were killed when they and two other friends were driving along Route 412 on their way back from a night out in Rehovot. Around 3 A.M., close to the town of Tirat Shalom, it is believed that Azanu lost control of the car, which mounted a traffic island and flipped over.
Police believe that the driver was speeding since both the road and the car the five were traveling in were found to be in good condition.
The two survivors were taken to Kaplan Hospital in Rehovot where they are said to be in serious condition.
Azanu and Guy Asias immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia during Operation Solomon in the early 1990s. Azanu was the third of nine siblings, and Guy the sixth. Azanu served in the Israel Air Force and upon release, worked in the Israeli Aircraft Industries. Guy had recently been promoted to the deputy manager of a restaurant. Their cousin Yair was the oldest of seven and was due to be drafted into the army in two months time.