A 42-year-old man was killed Monday morning when he was hit by a truck as he changed a tire on his vehicle at the side of the highway.
The incident occurred on Route 4, south of the northern city of Hadera. The victim’s name was not released for publication.
Medics said that when they arrived, they found the man unconscious and with multiple injuries. His death was declared on the scene.
The 25-year-old driver of the truck was taken for questioning. Paramedics said that the driver was distressed but did not require medical care.
On Sunday evening, Attya Alatamin from the town of Shaqib al-Salam in the south of the country became the 300th person killed on Israel’s roads in 2021.
This year is the deadliest since 2017, according to figures collated by the National Road Safety Authority.
The latest figures released on Sunday morning showed that until that point in 2021, 299 people were killed in traffic accidents in Israel, compared to 253 for the same period in 2020 — an 18 percent increase. During the same period in 2019, 269 people were killed, and 238 in 2018.
In the entire 2020, 305 people were killed in traffic accidents, compared to 355 in 2019 and 317 in 2018.
On Monday evening, a collection of nonprofits and government agencies were set to hold an annual ceremony in Ramat Gan to commemorate those killed in traffic accidents, and on Tuesday a series of Knesset committees will hold hearings relating to the issue.