A truck driver was killed Friday night as he attempted to escape police forces on Route 6, east of Netanya, as six other people suffered serious injuries in other traffic-related accidents throughout the country.
Police forces looking for car thieves in the area had flagged down the truck, which had aroused their suspicions, causing the driver to flee on road 5803, which intersects with the Route 6 highway.
When he reached a bridge that crosses over the thoroughfare, the driver jumped out of the truck and down onto the highway below, where he was then hit by a passing vehicle and killed.
Police were investigating the incident.
Meanwhile in Beersheba, a driver ran over a couple and their teenage daughter after losing control of his vehicle and driving onto the sidewalk. The father was critically injured, the 16-year-old daughter suffered serious injuries and the mother was moderately-to-seriously wounded.
The family members were evacuated to hospital. Police were probing the accident, and were checking whether the driver was speeding at the time.
Also Friday night, two people were seriously injured in hit-and-run accidents: a six-year-old in Jerusalem and a 19-year-old in Haifa. The two were taken to hospital. Police were searching for the driver in the Jerusalem incident, while the driver in the Haifa accident has been caught and taken in for questioning.
In another incident in Reineh, near Nazareth, a 23-year-old pedestrian was seriously injured after being hit by a passing vehicle. He, too, was evacuated to receive medical care.
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