Israeli 11-year-old Girl Dies in Accident; May Have Fallen From Moving Car

The father, the owner of the vehicle, has been arrested amid suspicions of negligence and giving a false statement

Eliyahu Hershkovitz

An 11-year-old girl was killed Wednesday near a Bedouin community in the south and may have fallen from her father’s car while it was moving, the police said.

The girl’s family said she had fallen from a donkey, but since they gave contradicting statements, her father was arrested on suspicion of destroying evidence, giving a false statement and obstruction of justice.

“It seems the stories were coordinated or there was an attempt to blur the facts,” police investigator Shmuel Shmuel told the Be’er Sheva Magistrate’s Court, adding that the family offered three different versions of events.

Judge Avishai Cohen said: “The circumstances of the cause of death are not clear,” adding that “this isn’t about a deliberate act, but about negligence.”

The court extended the father’s detention until Sunday, and an autopsy will be performed.

On Wednesday evening, the Magen David Adom rescue service received a report that a girl had been injured. Paramedics found her on Route 222 near Bir Hadaj and took her to Soroka Medical Center in Be'er Sheva, where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

“We saw an unconscious girl lying on the road, without a pulse and not breathing, with serious injuries,” said paramedic Brian Ben David. “We treated her and evacuated her to the hospital in critical condition.”

Shortly after the incident, Magen David Adom received a report of an 8-year-old girl injured near Kibbutz Retamim in the Negev. Paramedics treated her and took her to Soroka Medical Center in critical condition. It is not yet clear how she was injured.