Deadly Hit and Run Near West Bank Outpost Wasn't an Attack, IDF and Police Determine

Military prosecution files indictment against Palestinian driver for causing death by negligence, abandoning the scene of an accident

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The hit-and-run incident at Havat Gilad, August 16, 2018.
The hit-and-run incident at Havat Gilad, August 16, 2018.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum
Yotam Berger
Yotam Berger

The Israel police and the Israel Defense Forces have determined that the hit-and-run incident near an Israeli outpost in the West Bank last month was an accident, and not a ramming attack.

On August 16, a Palestinian driver ran over a 40-year-old Israeli woman, Hava Chaya Roizen, near Havat Gilad, near Nablus. The woman succumbed to a severe head wound at the scene following initial CPR attempts.

The military prosecution filed an indictment on Wednesday against Kamal Kadari, 63, of Qalqilyah, for causing death by negligence and abandoning the scene of an accident.

According to the indictment, Kadari drove a cab the size of a minibus, taking five passengers from Salem to Jayyus. He is accused of traveling at 90 kilometers per hour on a dark and narrow road, leading him to hit Roizen, killing her instantly. "The defendant continued on his journey, abandoning the deceased, who was pushed into a nearby canal and thrown off the side of the road," the indictment read.

Kadari fled the scene, but turned himself in to Palestinian police forces a short time later.

After turning himself in, the driver told authorities he fled the scene because he was frightened.

The security forces have a video of the accident. Kadari will remain in detention until at least September 20.

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