Teenager hit and killed by car in Kiryat Malachi

A 15-year-old boy riding an electric scooter was killed on Friday after being run over by a car at the entrance to the town of Kiryat Malachi.

Magen David Adom rescuers sent to the scene found the boy unconscious with his skull open in David Ben Gurion Street and immediately tried to revive him, but had to very quickly pronounce him dead.

The driver who hit the boy was detained for questioning; police said they have opened an investigation.

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The city’s mayor, Eliyahu Zohar, did not name the victim, but said he was a member of the Chabad community in Kiryat Malachi and was running a holster stand that morning, urging passersby to stop and pray.

The death is the latest in a string of accidents that have claimed the lives of seven Israelis over the past 48 hours, including many young people.

On Thursday evening, three people were killed in a car accident on Route 6 near the southern city of Kiryat Gat. The victims were later identified as Anat Tal-Katelev and Nitzan Moshe, who were employees of a chemical plant, and Ali Alatrash, who was driving the other vehicle and did not have a driver’s license.

Friends and family at the funeral of Anat Tal-Katelev, killed in a car accident on Route 6, at a cemetery in Beit Kama on July 29, 2022. (Flash90)

Tal-Katelev was buried on Friday at the cemetery in the southern city of Beit Kama. She has been described as a dedicated community service person who volunteers as a medical clown in hospitals and clinics to help cheer up children being treated for serious, life-threatening illnesses.

“Thousands of children you accompanied to hospitals will miss you,” said Eli Kelerman, who heads the volunteer medical clown organization Simcha Layeled, of which Tal-Katelev was a member.

Earlier Thursday, two young Israeli observers, Yuval Keshet, 24, and Moshe Matan Luzon, 25, were killed and five others injured in a collision in Egypt’s Sinai desert.

On Wednesday night, a 6-year-old Israeli boy, Matan Tsinman, was killed and six others were injured in an accident on Route 60 near the West Bank city of Ariel. Tsinman’s mother, who was injured in the accident, claimed that the Palestinian driver of the other vehicle, which was also injured, deliberately hit her for nationalist reasons, sparking protests from settlers on Thursday.

According to the latest data from the Central Bureau of Statistics, 192 people were killed on Israeli roads between January and July this year.

Last year, 361 people died on Israeli roads, according to the National Road Safety Authority.

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