A 34-year-old woman and her infant daughter were killed overnight Saturday in a car accident near the settlement of Givat Ze'ev, just north of Jerusalem.
Tzipi Rimmel was pronounced dead at the scene, and her baby, three-week-old Noam Rachel, was transferred to the Hadassah University Hospital, Mt. Scopus in Jerusalem, where she succumbed to her wounds.
Tzipi's husband, Ephraim, 40, suffered serious injuries and their 10-year-old son, Itay, was critically injured. Both are hospitalized at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center, in Jerusalem. The police have launched an investigation into the incident.
The accident took place shortly after midnight on Route 443 when an 18-year-old man, driving a private vehicle, crashed his car into the vehicle of the family that resides in the West Bank settlement of Halamish. The driver was also seriously injured.
According to a senior Magen David Adom paramedic, Yishai Levy, the Rimmel family as well as the 18-year-old driver were trapped in their vehicles. "This is a very serious car accident. Both cars were smashed and the injured were trapped inside. Firefighters who arrived at the scene eventually extracted them from the cars while we gave them initial treatment," he said.
"The Rimmels are a veteran family in the the community and is loved by all," the Halamish settlement said in a statement. "Tzipi was an amazing woman, full of love and who cared about every man and woman. She was very involved in our community, where she worked as an English teacher and together with her husband worked with youth. Her little daughter, Noam Rachel, who was born three weeks ago, filled the family with joy. This disaster is incomprehensible."
In a separate car accident that occurred overnight, a pedestrian in his 70s was killed after he was hit by a vehicle on highway 4 near the town of Even Yehuda in the central of Israel. The 30-year-old driver who hit him was lightly wounded. The police are looking into the incident.
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In October, a 12-year-old girl and her pregnant mother, 30, were killed in a car accident on Highway 6. Medical staff delivered the baby, and sent the newborn, who was in serious condition, for medical treatment. The baby died at the hospital several days later.
In addition to the mother and daughter, a 65-year-old man and eight-year-old girl were moderately injured, and six others - including three children - were lightly injured and evacuated to the nearest hospitals.
The initial investigation revealed that the accident occurred when the car in which the mother and daughter were in crashed into the railing, for a reason not yet clear, and a commercial vehicle struck it. The two injured drivers have not yet explained the circumstances of the accident.