Soldier Killed, Two Wounded When Jeep Overturns in Northern Israel

Soldiers were en route from the Golan Heights to their base when their jeep overturned near Kibbutz Malkia.

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One Israeli soldier was killed and another slightly injured when the army Hummer they were travelling in overturned in the Upper Galilee on Thursday afternoon. The deceased soldier was named as Cpl. Elhai Shitrit, 19, of Ashkelon.

Three people died in other accidents in Israel yesterday, including Amir Kess, co-founder and managing director of the Markstone Capital Group, and at least 10 were injured.

Shitrit and the other soldiers, all members of the 603rd Armored Engineering Battalion, were returning to their base from the Golan Heights when their jeep overturned near Kibbutz Malkia, the Israel Defense Forces said.

One person died and two were slightly injured in an accident at around 8 P.M. on Route 31 in southern Israel, between Khura and Arad.

In an accident at around 5 P.M., a 70-year-old man was killed and his wife moderately injured after their vehicle overturned near the Yad Mordekhai junction, also in the south. The man was trapped in his car and had to be extracted by emergency responders.

Paramedics attempted to resuscitate him but failed. “We reached the site and found a man with critical injuries,” related a paramedic from Ihud Hatzala who responded to the call.

In a separate accident at the Soreq Interchange on Route 6, a man in his 60s was killed and three people were injured, one seriously. The injured were given first aid at the site and taken to Rehovot’s Kaplan Hospital for additional treatment.

A few hours before, at the same intersection, two men of around 20 sustained light to moderate injuries after their vehicle flipped over.

Amir Kess, 55, was killed yesterday morning after being hit by a car while riding his bicycle near Moshav Neve Yarak, in the Sharon region.

In 2013, the IDF recorded 65 incidents of vehicles overturning. According to the army’s safety unit, this constitutes a decrease compared to previous years. In May, a tank overturned and a reserve soldier sustained mild injuries. In April, an armored personnel carrier overturned in the Jordan Valley, slightly injuring four soldiers. In June, a Hummer overturned in the Galilee and the driver sustained mild injuries.

In June 2012, a Defender jeep overturned in the Golan Heights, killing 19-year-old Cpl. Dor Jan, and lightly injuring three others. Following the incident the commander of the Artillery Corp was relieved of his duties.

The driver was later charged with criminally negligent manslaughter, after the investigation found that he had been speeding.

Gil Eliyahu