Spate of Road Accidents Across Israel Kills 5, Including 2 Children

8-year-old boy, 20-year-old IDF sergeant among the fatalities; two pedestrians struck in Tel Aviv.

Five people died in car accidents throughout Israel on Wednesday, including an eight-year-old boy who was hit by a car in Jisr az-Zarqa. Around the same time, a tractor overturned in an olive grove in Jadeidi-Makr, killing the driver.

Earlier in the day, a 50-year-old pedestrian was killed on Moshe Sneh Street in northern Tel Aviv. Later, a 70-year-old pedestrian was struck in Tel Aviv and transported to Ichilov Hospital in serious condition.

In the morning, 20-year-old IDF sergeant Barak Yifrach and a 65-year-old man were killed in a collision between a car and a bus on Highway 1 near Ma'aleh Adumim. Five others were injured in the accident, one seriously.

Twelve-year-old Arik Ofer died in the afternoon at Soroka Hospital in Be'er Sheva from injuries he suffered when he was hit by a taxi a day earlier in Ofakim.

Ofer and a friend were riding their bicycles along Hatayasim Street in the southern city when they were struck by a taxi that did not stop at a crosswalk. The boy's friend was moderately hurt.

"The kids were just trying to cross the street at a crosswalk," said Ofer's father.

"A car came speeding in and smashed into two youngsters whose only offense was that they had gone outside to play. I urge all drivers and all parents to obey the law and drive carefully, especially in populated areas. This could happen to anyone."

The taxi driver, Michael Levy, told police the children came into his line of vision suddenly.

Police said the accident was caused by the taxi driver's failure to cede the right of way.