A 25-year-old man was killed and a 20-year-old woman critically injured in Jerusalem Wednesday night after a car rammed into a bus stop in the city’s French Hill neighborhood. Police were investigating the possibility that the incident may have been a terrorist attack.
The two victims were evacuated to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital under sedation for medical treatment, where the man was pronounced dead early Thursday morning. A Hadassah doctor told Israel Radio the two had suffered serious head injuries when the car hit the bus stop.
Doctors were still fighting to save the young woman, who was in critical condition Thursday morning.
The deceased man, Shalom Sherki, was the son of Rabbi Uri Sherki, a community rabbi in Jerusalem’s Kiryat Moshe neighborhood, and the brother of Yair Sherki, a reporter for Channel 2 news.
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The driver of the vehicle, a 37-year-old Palestinian from northern Jerusalem, was lightly injured in the crash. He received treatment on the scene from Magen David Adom paramedics and was sent to the hospital for further treatment.
The suspect will be handed over to the Shin Bet security service for questioning once he is released to determine whether the crash was an attack or an accident.
Sharki’s family, however, didn’t wait for the results of an investigation. In a statement to the press, the family called the driver “a scoundrel” and employed a Hebrew phrase to describe their deceased son that is generally used when a Jew is killed for being Jewish.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat arrived at the scene shortly after the incident to receive updates from the authorities.
The capital has seen a spate of car-ramming attacks over the past year, in which Palestinian “lone-wolf” assailants have used their vehicles as a weapon to mow down Israeli civilians. Such attacks are usually spontaneous and are not thought to be orchestrated by terrorist organizations.