Seventeen people died in car accidents in Israel over the past week, bringing the total number of people killed on the roads this year to 213.
The CEO of the Or Yarok Association for Safer Driving in Israel, Yaniv Jacob, blamed years of government neglect for the series of deaths, saying that "the complacency that accompanies the accidents proves that the State of Israel has given up when it comes to anything involving the slaughter on the roads."
The most recent death was a 14-year-old girl, Liron Beramy of Sderot, who was struck by a car on Friday and died the following morning. Police said the accident was caused by one of the parties not obeying red light restrictions. A man in his 40s was interrogated and then released under restriction.
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Earlier Friday, two bus drivers residing in Ofakim, Yoav Khadry and Hanoch Talker, were killed when they were hit by a car while they were crossing the street in order to assist two men wounded in an earlier accident. A car that was passing through hit them, and the police are investigating the incident.
On Thursday, a day before those three deaths, a woman, Shoshana Glustein, and her daughters, Chaya and Chana, also residents of Ofakim, were killed when a bus hit a busy Jerusalem bus stop. The driver, who also hurt a dozen others, was interrogated and released to house arrest. During the incident, the bus rolled uncontrollably for several meters before hitting the bus stop outside a shopping center.
The night before, Wednesday, a motorcycle driver reported as being in his 20s was killed when he collided with a car near Wadi Ara.
That same night, two people were killed on a highway in central Israel, with police saying they thought one of them was driving in the wrong direction and directly collided with the other car.
Also Wednesday, a 40-year-old died after being hit by a truck, and in a separate incident, a 60-year-old woman and 5-year-old girl died in a car accident in central Israel.