Police identified the Israeli man killed late Sunday night in a rock-throwing attack in Jerusalem as Alexander Levlovitz, 64.
Levlovitz died of his injuries in the early hours of Monday morning after he lost control of his car when it came under attack by assailants hurling stones; he drove into a ditch and hit a pole, initially sustaining serious wounds. Police were investigating whether Levlovitz suffered cardiac arrest when his car crashed.
Two other people travelling in the car were lightly injured in the incident in the East Talpiot neighborhood of southeast Jerusalem. The three were returning from an event celebrating the Jewish New Year.
Levlovitz’s son Nir was on his way from New York on Monday to attend his father’s funeral.
“I am in shock as I write this, but my dad was murdered yesterday, the eve of the holiday, when he was on his way home. He was killed by rock throwers. One stone changed the course of my entire life. Dad, I love you,” the son was quoted by Channel 2 as saying.
It was not clear whether Levlovitz died as a direct result of the wounds he suffered when he crashed or if he had a heart attack. His body was taken to the Abu Kabir Institute of Forensic Medicine for an autopsy.
Unknown assailants believed to be Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem reportedly attacked the car with stones. The assailants, allegedly from the nearby Palestinian village of Sur Bacher, also attacked other cars on East Talpiot’s Asher Winer street, Channel 2 reported.
“The driver who was involved in an accident, apparently as a result of stone-throwing… died at Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital,” police spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a statement.
Also Monday, a young Israeli man was lightly wounded by rock-throwers in Jerusalem. He was treated by medics at the scene. Security forces were looking for the perpetrators.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office announced Monday that the prime minister will meet key ministers immediately after the Rosh Hashanah holiday for an emergency meeting to discuss deterrent measures against Palestinian rock-throwers.