Israeli Bus Driver Suspected of Death by Negligence After Killing Army Candidate

Two more teens moderately injured, three lightly injured in accident in Israeli Negev

Scene of the accident, southern Israel, April 11, 2019.
MDA Spokesperson's Department

A driver whose bus ran over and killed an 18-year-old army candidate has been arrested on suspicion of death by negligence. 

Ron Eliyahu Ovad, 18, was participating in activities for potential  Paratroopers Brigade troops in the Negev when an empty bus rolled down a hill, killing him and injuring five more future recruits.  

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According to an initial police investigation, the driver got out of the bus while leaving the engine on. The empty bus ran downhill to the tents the teenagers were in. 

The police are currently investigating whether the incident was the result of a technical malfunction or the driver's negligence. The driver's remand was extended by three days on Friday.

Two of the teenagers were moderately injured, and three were lightly injured. Witnesses said one of the teens jumped into the moving bus, whose door was open, and hit the brakes, stopping the bus from going further downhill.

Eliyahu Ovad will be laid to rest on Friday in kibbutz Palmachim in central Israel. The IDF Spokesperson's Unit said in a statement: "The Military Police and the Israeli Police have launched a joint investigation into the incident. The army sends its condolences to the family, and will continue accompanying it and the families of the wounded."