6-month-old baby dies after being hit by bus in Jerusalem

Herut Leibovich declared dead in hospital hours after vehicle hits her stroller; Egged bus company says surveillance footage appears to show mother crossed road during red light

Undated photo of Herut Leibovich. (Courtesy. Used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)
Undated photo of Herut Leibovich. (Courtesy. Used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)

A 6-month-old baby was killed Monday in a traffic accident when a bus hit her stroller on a street in Jerusalem.

Herut Leibovich was rushed to the capital’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center in serious condition with head injuries.

Her father, who is a nurse at the hospital, was reportedly at work when his wife called to tell him about the accident, which happened on Keren Hayesod Street in the Talbiyeh neighborhood.

Doctors fought for several hours to save the baby’s life but eventually declared her dead.

She was buried later in the day in the Givat Shaul cemetery of Jerusalem.

Police said they opened an investigation into the incident.

The Egged bus company, which operates the bus involved in the accident, said in a statement that surveillance footage showed that during the incident, the driver had a green light while the mother had crossed the road during a red light without noticing the approaching bus.

Before the baby’s death was announced, the bus drivers union released a statement wishing for her recovery and also blamed the incident on the long hours that drivers work.

As of Tuesday morning, 91 people have been killed on Israel’s roads since the start of the year.

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