Police Arrest Palestinian Suspected of West Bank Hit-and-run

The Palestinian had been randomly stopped for inspection by police when they discovered it had been involved in the weekend accident, from which he had fled

An Israeli ambulance
Ilan Assayag

Israel Police arrested a Palestinian man Tuesday for alleged involvement in a West Bank hit-and-run accident over the weekend, in which a motorcyclist, 25, was badly hurt.

The accident took place on Route 465, between the Palestinian town of Rantis and the settlement of Beit Arye. The police are expected to seek extension of the suspect's detention at the Petah Tikva District Court on Wednesday.

The Palestinian, who lives in the West Bank, had been randomly stopped for inspection by police, but when they ran the details of his car through the system they discovered it had been involved in the weekend accident, from which the driver fled.

Initial questining of the driver seems to show that he man was indeed involved in the crash, which was apparenly not politically motivated. Police say however that the possibility of terrorism has not been ruled out and the investigation continues.

The victim is being treated for head injury at Beilinson Hospital, Rabin Medical Center, Petah Tikva.