Hit-and-run in Israeli Settlement Kills Three-year-old Girl

Two girls were hit outside car-wash when 16-year-old employee was backing out; shortly after, he turned himself in.

Eyal Toueg

A 3-year-old girl was killed in a hit-and-run accident in the Israeli settlement of Beitar Illit in the West Bank on Wednesday. The driver turned himself in a short while after the incident. 

The accident happened outside a car-wash, operating without a permit at a local parking lot. The driver, a 16-year-old employee at the car-wash, was driving a client's vehicle in reverse when he hit the toddler and a 10-year-old girl, who suffered light injuries. The toddler was rushed to a Jerusalem hospital, where she succumbed to her wounds shortly after. 

The driver, a resident of the settlement, escaped the premises, but witnesses identified him and informed the police. A short while later the teen turned himself in and was arrested. The vehicle's owner and three witnesses were interrogated. 

The settlement's mayor, Meir Rubinstein, announced that the municipality will crack down on illegal car-washes in the accident's wake. "We'll not allow reckless endangerment under the cover of holiday preparations," he said.