Man Accidently Runs Over His Baby in Upper Galilee Village

According to data, every year eight babies or toddlers are killed in such 'yard accidents,' as they’re called in Israel, and they usually occur in Arab or Druze villages.

An archive photo of an Israel Police car.
David Bachar

A 1-year-old was accidently run over and killed Saturday by a car driven by his father in the yard of the family home in the Upper Galilee village of Hurfeish.

The boy, Amir Talieh Bader, was taken by car to nearby Route 89 where an ambulance picked him up and took him to Western Galilee Hospital in Nahariya. The baby was declared dead shortly after arrival.

The father was questioned by police and released for his son’s funeral, which was held Saturday in Hurfeish. A relative, Malek Bader, told Haaretz that there were two older children in the family.

“This is a tragedy by any standard,” he said. “The baby was only a year and two months old. The father is in terrible shape.”

According to the road safety NGO Or Yarok, every year eight babies or toddlers are killed in accidents known as “yard accidents.” These usually occur in Arab or Druze villages where residents park their car in their front yard.

Or Yarok’s director Shmuel Abuav said: “These ‘yard accidents,’ in which so many children lose their lives every year, should and must be prevented,” said Or Yarok’s director, Shmuel Abuav. “The Transportation Ministry must not accept this tragic phenomenon, and an emergency plan must be drawn up to deal with the problem.”

Abuav said people should be encouraged to park on the street, or they should install sensors for their cars that sound when the driver backs up. Or Yarok also called for the construction of playgrounds so children don’t have to play in their yards, and for increased awareness among parents.