Two women and a young girl were killed Wednesday when a truck hit their car at the Fureidis junction near Zichron Yaakov, apparently after running a red light.
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The two women’s husbands were seriously injured. The dead were Olga Ashkar, 38, her sister Angelique Naim, 32, and her daughter Chloe, 2.
The truck driver, Kamal Diab, 62, of Haifa, was arrested and his detention extended for three days by the Hadera Traffic Court.
He is suspected of driving under the influence of drugs.
The remand request said that after hitting the car, Diab drove for another 300 meters before stopping when his truck malfunctioned as a result of the accident, and not because he planned to stop.
Diab’s attorney, Mohammed Sabihat, said his client “Denies everything, is cooperating with investigators, and claims the light was green and he wasn’t on drugs.”