Three Israelis, Including a 10-year-old Boy, Die in Traffic Accidents in One Day

The casualties include a 76-year-old woman who was the victim of a hit-and-run driver in Ashdod and a boy who was riding his bicycle in Jerusalem.

The scene of the hit-and-run accident in Ashdod, April 10, 2016. A police official shines a flashlight on a spot on the road.
Ilan Assayag

Three people, including a 10-year-old boy, were killed in three traffic accidents in different locations in Israel on Sunday.

At about 8 P.M., a 76-year-old woman was killed in a hit-and-run accident as she was walking down Martine Street in Ashdod. A Magen David Adom ambulance crew tried to resuscitate her, but to no avail. Paramedic Ilya Shapira said she had suffered a serious head injury, and when his crew arrived, she had no pulse and wasnt breathing.

Shortly after the accident happened, police arrested someone they suspect of being the driver of the car.

In the afternoon, a 46-year-old man was killed and his 7-year-old son was seriously injured in an accident near the Golani Junction in the Galilee. According to paramedic Eyal Ben Moshe, the man was driving a van on Route 65 when a truck hit him.

The man was trapped inside, and rescue workers who sought to extricate him declared him dead on the scene. His son was evacuated by helicopter to Haifas Rambam Medical Center. The driver of the truck was unhurt.

Police are investigating the accident, which a police representative said appears to have occurred after one of the vehicles entered an intersection when the light was red. Sections of both Route 65 and Route 77 were closed temporarily, tying up traffic.

Earlier yesterday, a bus hit a 10-year-old boy riding a bicycle on Jerusalems Shmuel Hanavi Street. He was admitted to Hadassah University Hospital, Mount Scopus in critical condition and was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

In a fourth accident, five people were injured in a collision between a bus and two cars, on Route 204 between Yeruham and Dimona. A representative for Soroka Medical Center in Beer Sheva said a 2-year-old girl was admitted with moderate to serious head injuries and four others were treated for mild injuries.

Another accident occurred Sunday morning when a truck overturned at Amiad Junction in the Galilee. Nobody was hurt, but the accident caused major traffic jams, as it took three hours to remove the truck.