An Israeli defense source said Wednesday that the incident in which Avraham (Asher) Hasno was run over to death in Al-Fawar, a village in the South Hebron Hills, appears to be an accident, and not a premediated terrorist attack.
Hasno, a Kirat Arba resident, got out of his car on Route 60 on Tuesday night after stones were thrown. Later, a Palestinian truck driver driving in the opposite direction ran him over, killing him. The driver fled but ultimately turned himself in. Further details from the defense establishment indicated that the truck driver’s vehicle was also hit by stones.
According to the defense source, the truck driver panicked after his vehicle was hit by a barrage of stones. After running over Hasno, he called his Israeli employer and informed him that he ran someone over by accident. The driver later said he fled the scene in fear that he would be harmed.
The truck driver later turned himself in at a Palestinian police station in Dhahiriya, where he gave his account of the events. The Israeli defense establishment continues to receive updates, and Palestinian security personnel have passed details of the investigation on to Israeli authorities. The Palestinian driver has not been questioned by the Shin Bet, and is currently being held in Palestinian custody.
Ruti Hasno, the victim’s wife, told Army Radio Wednesday morning that she’s certain the killing was intentional. “When I saw that he was hit by that Mercedes truck, and the blurred picture of the driver, I understood what had happened to us the day before,” she said. She explained she and her husband had been driving in the area the day before when two trucks tried to “squash them.” They managed to stop one of the drivers, but “the other one got away – that was the truck from yesterday.”