A social media star who was convicted for the killing of an 82-year-old pedestrian in a hit-and-run was picked up from prison Wednesday in a limousine and documented her journey home for her followers, sparking outrage.
Prisilia Kashty was jailed for 24 months for the killing of David Mizrahi, but continued to operate her social media accounts while serving her sentence, pretending she was on a long-term vacation.
Kashty was released from the Neve Tirza women’s prison after the parole board cut her sentence by one-third, deeming her eligible for early release as jails struggled with overcrowding.
She left the prison and was collected in a stretch limousine, documenting the experience in a video uploaded to Instagram, where she has 150,000 followers.
She is seen smiling and laughing in the video as she mouths along to songs.
Mizrahi’s daughter expressed outrage at Kashty’s behavior as she left the prison.
“Why do we need laws and pay taxes? So they can laugh at us? A limousine is waiting for her outside? Maybe they’ll lay out a red carpet for her too?” Naomi Kenyon told the Ynet news site.
“It is a disgrace,” said Kenyon. “If I had run down Miss Prisilia’s dad, would she have accepted this behavior? She telephoned on Yom Kippur [to apologize] and I was surprised. It’s a little too late. It’s just a show.”
According to the indictment, Kashty hit Mizrahi as he crossed a street in the central city of Rishon Lezion in December 2015.
Kashty hit the man with her vehicle, but continued driving, only reporting the incident 40 minutes after it occurred.
Mizrahi was taken to the hospital and succumbed to his injuries three days later.
Kashty was convicted of causing death by negligence and abandoning the scene of a crash.
She appealed to the Supreme Court, saying the lower court had not taken into account her remorse or the fact she had studied for a law degree while awaiting trial.
The top court rejected her appeal, emphasizing that Kashty had in fact withdrawn her expressions of remorse and instead took no responsibility for her actions.
The court said that instead Kashty was trying to present herself as the victim, saying that she could not be accused of abandoning the scene of the accident when she said she did not know she had hit the man.