Tel Aviv Girl Run Over on Underpass After Walking Out of Daycare Alone

Three people, including two 7-year-olds, were killed and two others were seriously hurt in traffic accidents across the country yesterday.

Nafisa Makma, the daughter of a labor migrant from Ghana, was hit and killed near the LaGuardia interchange in Tel Aviv by a car driven by a 62-year-old Holon man who works for the United States Embassy in Tel Aviv.

At around 4 P.M. Makma walked out of her daycare center on Levanda Street by herself, without being noticed by the teacher, and headed for home. She was struck and killed while walking through a vehicles-only tunnel.

"The girl was walking alone in a tunnel where pedestrians are prohibited," police said. "It isn't clear how she managed to leave the kindergarten without being noticed." Both the driver and the daycare teacher were detained for questioning.

Later in the day a bus struck and killed a 7-year-old boy from Modi'in bus while riding his bicycle. The busdriver was detained for questioning.

An 8-year-old girl sustained major injuries when she was hit by a car in the Western Galilee town of Majd al-Krum. She was rushed to Nahariya's Western Galilee Hospital and admitted in serious condition.

In the northern city of Acre a 78-year-old man died of head injuries when his electric scooter collided with a bus. The bus driver and three passengers were slightly injured. Police said they would investigate the incident but warned senior citizens against driving scooters which resemble motorized wheelchairs on the road and have been involved in numerous fatal accidents over the past few years.

Also yesterday, a 77-year-old man sustained moderate injuries while crossing the street at a crosswalk. The driver, 70, took him to Western Galilee Hospital, after which his condition deteriorated.