Israeli Hit and Killed by Car in West Bank; Driver Turns Himself In

The IDF said it was apparently an accident ■ 40-year-old woman succumbs to head wound ■ Driver turns himself in after initially fleeing the scene of the accident, Palestinian source says

Emergency responders at the scene of a suspected car-ramming, Havat Gilad, West Bank, August 16, 2018.
Roy Hadi

A 40-year-old Israeli woman was killed Thursday after being hit by a car near the Havat Gilad outpost in the West Bank, close to Nablus. Emergency responders said the woman succumbed to a severe head wound at the scene following initial CPR attempts. 

According to a Palestinian source, a 63-year-old man turned himself in to Palestinian security forces over the incident. The driver initially fled the scene of the crime. Eyewitnesses said the car was a Palestinian taxi. 

The Israel Defense Forces said it was apparently an accident. 

In response, the Israeli military set up roadblocks around the area and closed off all roads around Nablus, including the Hawara and Git checkpoints, searching for the driver. 

After turning himself in, the driver told authorities he fled the scene because he was frightened.

"United Hatzalah EMS volunteers performed CPR on a woman who was critically injured in a car ramming incident near Havat Gilad. Unfortunately, following a lengthy resuscitative effort paramedics at the scene were forced to pronounce her death due to the severity of her injuries," a United Hatzalah emergency responders spokesperson said.

A 31-year-old Israeli was killed and several were wounded in a stabbing attack in the Geva Binyamin settlement in July after a Palestinian assailant snuck into the settlement.

Other than the July attack in Geva Binyamin, no exceptional incidents have occured over the past few months – even as violent protests erupted on the Israel-Gaza border on Nakba Day and during the U.S. Embassy dedication in Jerusalem. Israeli defense officials have maintained security coordination with the Palestinian Authority over the past several months.