Police on Sunday arrested two Kafr Kassem residents suspected of involvement in a hit-and-run accident earlier that day in which Lior Farhi, a West Bank security coordinator, was killed.
The fatal collision that killed Farhi, a middle-aged man, occurred at the entrance to Sha’arei Tikva, a settlement located 1.5 miles (1 kilometer) east of the West Bank-Israeli divide, near the Israeli town of Rosh Haayin.
The first suspect, a 25-year-old Israeli-Arab, was caught in Jaffa after police searched for hours. The second was reportedly driving the vehicle involved in the crash. A Rosh Haayin resident had called the police and claimed his car was stolen an hour and a half after the accident.
The vehicle’s occupants were four Palestinians who had crashed into the settlement’s bed of flowers and set off an infiltrator warning. Farhi, who was on foot, was trying to stop the vehicle when he was run over and killed. Officials believe the vehicle was being used to transport undocumented Palestinians into Israel, said West Bank police commander Kobi Shabtai.
A camera is believed to have recorded the incident.
Medical crews rushed the victim to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva, but he died en route. Police said the car involved in the crime abandoned when they found it.
Farhi’s friend Dvir Carmon said he still couldn’t fathom the loss. Residents of the settlement described Farhi as an honest, good person.
Aaron Kalman contributed to this report.