An IDF soldier who died days after a massive car crash that also killed two other troops in central Israel was buried Tuesday, hours after his organs helped save six other people.
Shiloh Siman-Tov, 23, died Monday, days after being seriously hurt in an accident on Route 6, when a truck hit the convoy he was riding in.
Siman-Tov’s heart was transplanted to a 59-year-old in Sheba Hospital; his liver was given to a 39-year-old in Beilinson Hospital; lungs were given to a 34-year-old in Beilinson; one kidney was donated to a 35-year-old; another kidney was given to an 11-year-old in Rambam Hospital and the lobe of his liver was given to a two and a half year old girl in Schneider Children’s Hospital.
At his funeral in Petah Tikva on Tuesday, he was praised for his giving nature, with one of his officers noting that, “even in his death he saved six lives.”
Siman-Tov’s sister Rotem said in her eulogy that he was the person she adored the most. Through tears she said, “God was looking for volunteers, and you were the first to volunteer, as you always were with everything.”
She said that he left them with a final will, “to always be happy.”
Siman-Tov, a resident of the northern West Bank settlement of Tzufim, was praised by his army commander. “You would help and assist with everything you were asked. Shiloh was known as a smiley, modest person, who would do everything in the best way possible.”
His cousin, Neria Avodram, said before the funeral that Siman-Tov loved to help others and volunteered a lot, including with children with special needs. “He was not even supposed to be there [at the accident] at all. He was awarded time off, but decided to give the prize to another friend,” Avodram said.
Two other soldiers were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at the Nitzane Oz Junction, where three jeeps in a convoy collided with a truck.
Twenty-one-year-old Ashdod resident Ashto Tapso and 19-year-old Kibbutz Netiv Ha’asarah resident Bar Yaakovian were laid to rest last Thursday, in their respective communities.
Nine other soldiers from the Golani combat brigade were lightly injured in the accident as well.
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The soldiers were on their way south, after completing training exercises in the country’s north, the army said.
The truck driver who hit the troops, an East Jerusalem resident, is believed to have lost control of the vehicle before veering into the convoy of off-road vehicles as it traveled east of Netanya.
The driver claimed that the convoy had been in the middle of the road at the time of the collision.
Jacob Magid contributed to this report.