Toddler Killed by Uncle Reversing Vehicle

An 18-month-old girl died yesterday afternoon after her uncle ran her over while backing his car out of a parking spot in the Galilee town of Kafr Kana, police said.

Chief Inspector Uzi Hadar of the police's Amakim District said the toddler was on the sidewalk at the time.

Magen David Adom crews called to the scene attempted to resuscitate the girl.

She was airlifted in critical condition to Haifa's Rambam Medical Center, where she died of her injuries.

Staff at Beterem-The National Center for Children's Health and Safety said accidents involving cars reversing are extremely common in Arab communities.

Most involve family members at the wheel, with an overwhelming proportion of those injured being small children.

Yesterday's incident brings to six the total number of people killed in traffic accidents across the country since Friday.

Hundreds of people yesterday attended the funeral of Karin Alon, 16, of the Jordan Valley community of Menahemia.

Alon, a Magen David Adom volunteer, was driving home with her brother and sister from their grandfather's funeral at Moshav Elifelet in the Upper Galilee when another vehicle blocked their lane, causing the fatal collision.

Devastating blows

Menahemia residents said the family had suffered several devastating blows in recent years.

Another grandfather, Masoud Mahlouf Alon, 70, was murdered six years ago in the Jordan Valley by Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade terrorists, who crushed his skull and burned his body. Shortly afterward, the murder victim's son, Karin's father, was injured in a work accident and left disabled.

Of Karin Alon's death, Eli Peretz, director of MDA's Jordan Valley District, said, "This is a great loss for us and for the family."

He noted that "Karin, a young woman, invested her time and energy into helping others and saving lives with tremendous consideration and motivation."

"It's always hard to see young lives cut short," said Peretz, "but it's that much harder when they're our own people."