Police on Monday arrested two men in connection with an overnight hit-and-run in Tel Aviv which left a 16-year-old in critical condition and another moderately injured. Local media reported that the two were soccer players from Israel’s top league.
Police said that the driver’s blood alcohol content was found to have been five times the legal amount.
The boys were riding on an electric bicycle on the city’s northern Rokach Boulevard when they were hit by the vehicle in the early hours of Monday morning. One boy was taken to Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital, where he underwent surgery and is being treated for serious head injuries; the second teen is at Petah Tikva’s Beilinson Hospital where he is receiving medical care for moderate injuries.
The arrests came after a catastrophic night on Israel’s roads which also saw a 30-year-old man in Jerusalem die after he was hit by a car driven by a suspected drunk driver. The motorist fled from the scene but was later apprehended by police, who announced he was a foreign national in his 50s. The vehicle was recovered and was said by police to exhibit signs of involvement in the crash.
The Tel Aviv crash took place close to where 13-year-old Eylon Shalev-Amsalem was killed by a suspected drunk driver in July.
Eli Bar Zakai has been charged with charged with manslaughter, causing grievous bodily harm, obstructing an investigation, tampering with evidence, drunk driving and speeding in connection with Shalev-Amsalem’s death on July 26-27.
The Supreme Court last week permitted Bar Zakai to leave his home on Yom Kippur to pray at the closest synagogue, but rejected his appeal to release him completely from house arrest.
Just weeks after Shalev-Amsalem’s death, a disabled military veteran was killed when he was hit by a Hummer when crossing the street in the same area of northern Tel Aviv.