4 Killed, 9 Injured in Road Accidents Across Country

Four people were killed and nine were injured in traffic accidents across the country this weekend.

In a horrific accident on Route 40 early Friday morning, Mohammed Abu Ghanem, 21, and his 11-year-old nephew Ibrahim Abu Ghanem were killed and three other family members were hurt when their car swerved off the road, flipped over and crashed into a tree.

The Abu Ghanems were on their way from Ramle to Rahat for a family wedding when the accident occured, near the Beit Kama intersection. One of the injured remains in intensive care at Soroka Medical Center, Be'er Sheva, another child is hospitalized in the orthopedic ward, and a third family member was discharged yesterday.

Ophira Ben-Abu, 33, of Tiberias, was hit by a police patrol car staffed by volunteers as she crossed a road around midnight Friday. She later died of her injuries. Ben-Abu, a mother of four, had just finished work as a cashier at Hashikmim beach, at the southern entrance to the city.

The spot on Route 90 where the accident occured has a bend in the road, but it is well-lit and the speed limit there is 60 kilometers per hour. The driver said Ben-Abu ran across the street, and that he was unable to brake in time.

A motorcyclist from Kiryat Ono, Shlomi Sucar, 26, was killed early yesterday morning in an accident on the corner of Tel Aviv's Rokach Boulevard and Namir Road. Police suspect Sucar lost control of his motorcycle, drove onto a traffic island and was thrown from the bike, but have not ruled out the possibility that Sucar was struck in a hit-and-run accident. He was taken in critical condition to Sourasky Medical Center nearby, but died of his injuries after several hours of medical care.

In another accident Friday, two people were seriously injured and two were lightly hurt in a two-car collision in the northern Golan Heights. The force of impact trapped the cars' occupants, all residents of Majdal Shams, and firefighters had to use jaws of life to extract them from the vehicles. The serious casualties were flown by helicopter to Rambam Medical Center, Haifa, while ambulances evacuated the lightly injured to Rebecca Sieff Hospital, in Safed.

Two more people were injured, one seriously and the other lightly, when a truck crashed into a car on the Reina-Nazareth road Friday. An ambulance crew treated both men, and the more seriously injured was taken to Rambam.