Volunteer policeman hit by car at sobriety check

A volunteer police officer was killed early Saturday morning when he was mowed down by a vehicle at a checkpoint set up to check the blood alcohol level of motorists in central Rishon Lezion.

Amichai Carmely, 46, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

Two police officers were slightly injured and one passenger in the vehicle was slightly injured. The two injured volunteers were able to leave the hospital on Saturday afternoon.

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Carmely was a resident of Rishon Lezion. He leaves behind his wife and two children aged 19 and 16.

“Father – how can we write or talk about you in those days? said Sagi Carmely, 16, according to Channel 12 news. “I do not know what to say or do, or how to behave, but I will try anyway, because you always told me that if I did not try, I would not know.” »

Israeli police traffic unit chief Yehuda Ben-Atar praised Carmely, “professional and brave, he was a good person.”

The scene where a volunteer police officer was killed while a driver was driving through a sobriety check, June 11, 2022. (Like David Adom)

Four suspects, all residents of the southern Bedouin town of Rahat, have been arrested in connection with the crash.

They appeared in court immediately Saturday night. The driver’s detention was extended by five days, while the passengers were detained for another day.

Prior to their hearing, police announced that a special crime unit had been appointed to investigate the incident. The driver is now suspected of murder based on the evidence gathered so far.

According to the news site Ynet, tests showed that the driver had a blood alcohol level above the legal limit.

Police believe the vehicle had previously run into a taxi in Rishon Lezion, and the group then fled towards the Beit Dagan junction and drove along Derech HaMaccabim, where police had set up a checkpoint to apprehend drunk drivers.

The driver did not stop and drove into the police and hit them.

An eyewitness said the vehicle zigzagged as it approached and the driver appeared to lose control as he tried to drive through the checkpoint without stopping and hit a number of officers and vehicles.

“The vehicle made a wrong line and threw two vehicles parked at the checkpoint into the air,” the witness told Channel 12.

The scene where a volunteer policeman was killed while a driver was driving through a sobriety check, June 11, 2022. (Israel Police)

According to the news site Ynet, the police are investigating whether the passengers in the vehicle encouraged the driver to run away or tried to get him to stop.

Police said they had opened an investigation into the incident and the perpetrators of the accident would face the full force of the law.

In a statement, Israeli police said Carmely was an “elite good volunteer” who worked at the sobriety check overnight from Friday to Saturday, hoping to save young people’s lives and allow them to return safely to their parents.

Police say Carmely had been a volunteer for more than 15 years and that his grandfather was a police officer who was also killed in connection with his service – Moshe Carmely was killed by a grenade in Gaza during the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

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